Vaccinosis shows itself as a formidable acute disease that may terminate fatally, or it may manifest itself as a chronic affection. The ordinary forms of vaccinia must be included under acute vaccinosis. The word Vaccinosis (Vaccinosis) is used in the homoeopathic literature of Germany, though hardly generally accepted. So far as I know, it has no place in English literature, either homoeopathic or general, at all. But the literature of anti-vaccinators teems with examples of “ill- effects of vaccination,” “consequences of vaccination,” and the like. Most of these would fall under the general term vaccinosis, but only in so far as they are due to “pure” vaccine pus. Here let me remark that it is too often lost sight of that “pure vaccine lymph” means vaccine pus (matter) and nothing else. just as we would say pure consumption, pure syphilis, pure poison. The general idea is that pure vaccine lymph is as harmless as bread and butter.
Chronic vaccinosis more particularly lies completely beyond the ken of ordinary medicine, and although it will sometimes turn up in literature as “Ill-effects of vaccination,” it is, nevertheless, but an unrecognized waif, much to the disadvantage of suffering mankind and of medical science. it has not yet been sufficiently studied to be readily* (See, however, the writing of wolff, Rummel, Boenninghausen, von Grauvogl, Kunkel and H. Goullon.) * defined; except causally, indeed, its very existence is not generally admitted. But a study of the following cases will afford ample evidence that its symptoms are very like the pathogenetic symptoms of Thuja Occidentalis.
A few preliminary remarks on vaccinosis may here follow before we go to my clinical evidence.
For convenience’ sake let us call the vaccinated person a vaccinate.