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FROM a statement of facts extracted chiefly from a late work, published in London in favour of vaccination, it appears, that the Small Pox has destroyed more lives, than all the wars throughout the world.
To lessen in some degree this destruction of the human race, inoculation was introduced, by which the mortality of the disease was prevented, as far as it respected those, who submitted to the operation.
But as the benefit of inoculation cannot be extended to society, as is observed by a popular writer, by any other means than by making the practice general; while it is confined to a few it must prove hurtful to the whole. By means of it the contagion is spread and is communicated to many, who might otherwise have never had the disease. Accordingly it is found that more persons die of the Small Pox now than before inoculation was introduced; and this important discovery, by which alone more lives might be saved than by all the other endeavours of the faculty, is in a great measure lost by its benefit not being extended to the whole community. Dr. Heberden in his observations on the increase and decrease of different diseases observes, that he examined carefully the bills of mortality, and comparing the destruction occasioned by the Small Pox in Great Britain before and since inoculation, reluctantly was brought to this melancholy conclusion, that at the present period, the proportional increase
of deaths from this disease was as five to four.
Hence it would appear that inoculation has done a great injury to society at large, and the difficulty of extending it generally so as to convert it truly into a public benefit is attended with almost insuperable difficulty. For, to make a law, that inoculation shall be general and periodical, appears both cruel and arbitrary, where security of life cannot be given to all; and is what no government, grounded on the basis of general liberty, would venture to adopt.
But through the kindness of Divine Providence the means of obviating all these difficulties and dangers have at length been placed within our power, by the invaluable discovery made public by Dr. Edward Jenner, that the Cow Pock, which has never been known to prove fatal, effectually secures the constitution from the attacks of either the natural or inoculated Small
The following annual statement of deaths by the Small Pox within the London bills of mortality, in the present century, has lately been published by the Jennerian Society of that city.
A. D. 1800
(deaths 2409 1461 . 1579 . 1173 622
As the society remarks, it is hoped the knowledge of these facts will be strongly promotive of the beneficial practice of Vaccine inoculation; it appearing that the fatal disease of Small Pox has progressively declined as the inestimable discovery of Dr. Jenner has been introduced.
Vaccination was introduced into Vienna in 1801. Its effects in decreasing the deaths by Small Pox are evident from comparing the deaths since that period with those of the preceding years. In 1800
835 died of Small Pox.
A Comparative View of the Natural Small Pox, Inoculated Small Pox, and Vaccination, in their Effects on Individuals and Society.
Parents and others are earnestly requested to attend seriously to the preceding comparison, and to the following certificate and recommenda
Philadelphia, April 12, 1803. We the subscribers, Physicians of Philadelphia, having carefully considered the nature and effects of the new ly discovered means of preventing, by Vaccination, the fatal consequences of the Small Pox, think it a duty thus publicly to declare our opinion, that inoculation for the Kine or Cow Pock, is a certain preventive of the Small Pox; that it is attended with no danger, may be practised at all ages and seasons of the year, and we do therefore recommend it to general
Wm. J. Jacobs,
John Porter, Felix Pascalis, James Stewart, James Dunlap, James Proudfit, Thos. T. Hewson, James Gallaher, Charles Caldwell, Thos. C. James, Wm. P. Dewees, Benj. S. Barton, Isaac Sermon, George Pfeiffer, Jos. P. Minnick, Wm. Barnwell, Adam Seybert, James Mease, John C. Otto, J. Reynolds, J. Church, Arthur Blayney. Monges, William Budd, Joseph Pfeiffer, Edw. Cutbush.
rior advantages of the Cow Pock may be fully experienced by the objects of this charity:"
Therefore, Resolved, That we do entirely accord with the sentiments of the physicians; and earnestly recommend to the poor of the city, to embrace the means now offered of preserving themselves and families from a dangerous and loathsome disease by the newly discovered and happy mode of inoculation for the Cow Pock; which will be daily per formed by the physicians at the Dispensary.
Published by Order of the Board of Managers,
WILLIAM WHITE, President. April 25, 1803.
After a mature consideration of the preceding statement of facts and recommendations, we would venture to ask every person of reflection, WHETHER IT IS JUSTIFIABLE TO CONTINUE TO INOCULATE FOR THE
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Essay on the German inhabitants of the Austrian dominions. 2 vols. 8vo. Vienna.
THE author of this work is Mr. Joseph Rohrer, Commissary General of the Police at Lemberg, who, by his frequent journies in all parts of the Austrian territories, has examined almost every thing in person; and has collected many important facts relative to the statistical history of these
This work, with the following, combine a mass of information almost wholly new. They are divided into, 1. Population. 2. Bodily Constitution. 3. Food. 4. Dresses. 5. Occupations. 6. Arts and Labours. 7. Character. 8. Religion. 9. Manners of the inhabitants.
The number of the German inhabi tants of the Austrian States, is 6,300,000, making not more than one fourth part of the whole population, but by far the most important part in respect to activity, commerce, industry, and ingenuity in general.
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A splendid embassy is about to be sent from the Russian government to China, from which great advanta ges, both commercial and scientific, are expected.
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