Sanitation obliterated smallpox

“History, however, has demonstrated that towards the close of the last century, when Jenner introduced his system, small-pox had gradually died out, as we shall presently show. Even in Jenner’s day small-pox had lost its virulence.” — Charles T. Pearce, MD (1868)

“No fact, no circumstance, no experience supports the conclusion that were vaccination able to abolish small-pox, the death-rate would be lowered in the least, so long as insanitary conditions prevail. And, in fine, if sanitation prevailed, the very raison d’etre for vaccination, to say nothing of compulsion, would be ever­lastingly destroyed.” —William J. Collins, MD (1883)

“There is no question but that perfect sanitation has almost obliterated this disease (smallpox) and sooner or later will dispose of it entirely. Of course, when that time comes, in all probability, the credit will be give to vaccination.” — John Tilden, MD (1851-1940)

“Our freedom from smallpox, therefore, could not be attributed to vaccination. It was largely due to the preventive measures taken at the ports, to the isolation of cases in hospitals, and to the steps taken to control persons who had been exposed to infection.” — Louis Parks, MD, Chairman of the Council of the Royal Sanitary Institute (1922)

“Doctors and drug companies may not like it but the truth is that surveillance, quarantine and better living conditions got rid of smallpox— not the smallpox vaccine.” — Vernon Coleman, MB, ChB,

“With the polio vaccine we are witnessing a rerun of the medical reluctance to abandon the smallpox vaccination, which remained as the only source of smallpox-related deaths for three decades after the disease had disappeared. Think of it! For thirty years kids died from smallpox vaccinations even though no longer threatened by the disease.” — Robert Mendelsohn, MD

“Smallpox was on the way out, indeed epidemics disappeared decades before the WHO decided to conduct the final ‘eradication’ campaign. It is also well-documented that the largest epidemics occurred in the most highly vaccinated populations, while whose who were unvaccinated, did not have the same epidemics.” — Viera Scheibner

“It is pathetic and ludicrous to say we ever vanquished smallpox with vaccines, when only 10% of the population was ever vaccinated.” — Glen Dettman, PhD, pathologist and medical writer

“Reliable data are surprisingly spare as to efficacy and durability of protection afforded by [smallpox] vaccination.” — Vaccine, 3rd Edition, 1988

“If people are worried about endemic smallpox, it disappeared from this country not because of our mass herd immunity. It disappeared because of our economic development. And that’s why it disappeared from Europe and many other countries, and it will not be sustained here, even if there were several importations, I’m sure. It’s not from universal vaccination.” — Tom Mack, MD, MPH

— The Outliers

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