Professional Frankness from the Standpoint of Ethics

1900 Journal of the American Medical Association  
tion, but Dr. Pinard, the celebrated accoucheur, who is to be president of the obstetric section in the International Med¬ ical Congress, opposed the measure on the ground that it would be fraught with danger, as the antiseptic precautions necessary to vaccinate without incurring any risk could hardly be ex¬ pected on the part of men who had had no medical instruction. A law rendering vaccination obligatory would be much more efficacious. A new sanitary law is under consideration by the Senate,
more » ... and in Article 6 of the first paragraph the following regulation is laid down: "Vaccination is obligatory during the first year after birth, the eleventh and the twenty-first. Parents or guardians are held responsible as to the carrying out of this rule." Moreover, compulsory disinfection will be re¬ sorted to if necessary. Dr. Hervieux spoke recently of the outbreak of smallpox in Madagascar. The mortality, it would seem, is quite high.
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