Editorial THE PROBLEM OF SMALL – POX VACCINATION


In this connection we request our readers to go through two memorable books of G.B. Shaw, viz., Doctors Dilemma and Doctors Delusions. On perusal of those writings it will be easily evident that the claim of reducing the mortality and preventing incidence of Small – pox infection, solely by the introduction and use of cow – lymph, is wholly unwarranted and certainly debatable.


Winter has come. Homoeopaths are daily being asked by their patients and client as regards the propriety of inoculation with cow – lymph vaccine for prevention of small – pox. For the benefit of our readers we give below our considered opinion on the matter:

1. The whole problem of prophylaxis in uncertain and complicated. No system of medicine has yet gathered knowledge enough to speak on the subject with dogmatism and authority. Statistical records provided by the so – called modern scientific medicine on the subject betray many fallacies, loop – holes and irrationalities when they are reviewed with a critical eye and an unbiased scientific mental attitude. It is very difficult – nay, almost impossible – to apply the most recent and advanced methods of statistical analysis in matters biological; and medicine is certainly a department of human biology.

In this connection we request our readers to go through two memorable books of G.B. Shaw, viz., Doctors Dilemma and Doctors Delusions. On perusal of those writings it will be easily evident that the claim of reducing the mortality and preventing incidence of Small – pox infection, solely by the introduction and use of cow – lymph, is wholly unwarranted and certainly debatable.

2. With the advance of human knowledge regarding public health, sanitation and standard of living the incidence of many other infectious diseases (besides small – pox) in epidemic form and mortality rate due to those diseases have progressively decreased. Evidences are not wanting that no country has ever been depopulated with small – pox before Jenners discovery or that serious epidemics of small – pox have occurred in place inspite of mass vaccination being resorted to. So the prophylactic claim of cow – lymph vaccination is still an open question.

3. It is admitted on all hands that bad and sometimes dangerous or fatal after effects do occur after inoculating healthy persons or children with Vaccine for prevention and protection from small pox.

4. Since 1948 State Law for compulsory vaccination against small – pox has been repealed in the United Kingdom of British Isles – but records do not prove either that the incidence of small – pox epidemic has increased in severity or that the mortality – rate due to small – pox has gone up there.

5. Homoeopathy is not opposed to vaccination on principle. But it is opposed to the method of using Vaccination as being a violation of sound, natural principles of medication and potentially productive of serious injury to the living organism. It has been proved experimentally and clinically that such methods as taken recourse to by the “allopaths”, are unnecessary and that the results claimed by their advocates can be attained more safely, more rapidly and more thoroughly by the administration of homoeopathically indicated medicines in sub – physiological doses through natural channels of the body than by introducing it forcibly by means of hypodermic needle or otherwise.

6. Though the dominant method of using vaccination is likely to be attended with bad sequelae, either immediate or remote it cannot be asserted or justified that every case of vaccination will be followed by undesirable after – effects. It depends on individualisation of cases; and we have to carry on further investigations on the point. So we so neither advocate for indiscriminate mass vaccination nor stand for wholesale condemnation of vaccination. The present limitation of our knowledge regarding this problem forbids us to be dogmatic.

7. Dr. Burnett and many others have shown that the ill – effects of vaccination are very similar to the symptoms of sycosis. This is our individualising factor. A sycotic patient has the potentiality of manifesting undesirable symptoms following vaccination. The symptoms of sycosis are known and we might therefore be careful to study the constitution of persons, both young and adult, to avoid disaster.

N C Das
N C Das
Calcutta