Alexander D. Langmuir, M.D.
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For more than a century, vaccination has been accepted as the essential measure for the control of smallpox, and, indeed, the elimination of the scourge from the Western world was associated with widespread use of vaccination. In October 1971, however, the Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service recommended that this long-established practice was no longer indicated as a routine procedure.
Since that time a serious outbreak of malignant smallpox has occurred in Yugoslavia, and an extensive epidemic has developed in northern India and Bangladesh. In spite of these adverse events, I believe that the Surgeon General's decision was
Langmuir AD. The James D. Bruce Memorial Award Lecture: Is Routine Smallpox Vaccination Necessary?. Ann Intern Med. ;78:812. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-78-5-812_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;78(5):812.
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