The New York State Journal of Medicine, May 15, 1926, carried two articles from foreign Journals discussing similar cases on the European continent. In one of these Carl Leiner, (Vienna) is said to have discussed encephalitis and meningitis developing in nine to fifteen days after vaccination. He admits that in a generalized infection, like generalized vaccina, there may be intracranial complications. The article also states that Dr. Lucksch saw three cases and knew of four more, and of the seven children, five died. In two autopsies, which he obtained, he was able to show beyond doubt that "death had been due to encephalitis." Bastianse, of the Hague, collected notes of 34 similar cases which occurred in Holland during 18 months of 1924--25, with a mortality of forty per cent--"deadlier if anything than ordinary epidemic encephalitis." "In addition several cases of serious meningitis have been reported."
Three cases reported, by the author of the article, in Austria, showed that "not only the encephalon but the cord and peripheral nerves may be involved, so that the affection may be spoken of broadly as a meningoencephalitis polyneuritis."
The other article is a brief of an article by Dr. W. F. Winkler, chief of the University Clinic of Rostock. It says: "Quite recently isolated cases of cerebral symptoms, suggesting encephalitis, following vaccination have been reported from Holland, Czechoslovakia, and Germany and from Switzerland there have been reported two cases of serious meningitis."
The Netherlands, and other countries, for instance, France, have also reported cases of this kind. In the Journal of the American Medical Association, July 3, 1926, P. 45, is an article by its Berlin correspondent discussing "Nervous disturbances and Smallpox Vaccination." In it are these words: "In regions in which there is no organized vaccination of the population, general paralysis is rare. In patients with general paralysis he (Dr. Daraskwiewicz), has never seen smallpox scars, but vaccination scars were always present." It is noted that, whereas, boys are most susceptible to post-vaccinal tetanus, girls are most susceptible to post-vaccinal encephalitis.
It would be idle to claim that all cases of local or general paralysis are due to vaccination. There are cases due to other causes also. But these other cases must not be made a basis for denying the evil influence of vaccination, as some vaccine apologists attempt.
How new is the phenomenon? Who Knows? Dr. Pierre Baron, Ancien Intern of the Hospitaux de Paris, prefaces his work on post-vaccinal encephalitis (1929), in which his conclusions are based on his own observations, by a case he found after searching through medical annuals and unearthed a report of a case in the "Archives tie Medicine des Infants," in 1907. Dr. Combay of the Medical Society of the Hospitals of Paris, reported a case which had occurred in his practice in 1905.
Dr. Comby tells of a baby girl, in excellent health when vaccinated at four months of age, who developed convulsions on the eighth day, followed by strabismus and other troubles. She did not die but was left with an "important sequel." She no longer recognized her surroundings; almost forgot how to nurse; had a vague look; "veritable intellectual obnubilation," developed idiocy with progressive cerebral sclerosis (hardening of the brain), and nearing her eighteenth month died. Her death went into medical "statistics" as due to pneumonia--and old trick in hiding their crimes.
Dr. Baron's book discusses 255 cases of post-vaccinal encephalitis, avowedly discussed as such in medical works. His list is far from complete, for he credits the United States with only four cases, all of these before 1927.
Great Britain appointed two committees to investigate this matter--the Andrews Comittee, appointed Nov. 1923, which made its report May 1925; and the Rolleston Committee appointed Feb. 1926, which made its report Feb. 1928. These two committees were composed of eminent medical men all of whom supported vaccination.
The Andrews Committee reported 62 cases of post-vaccinal encephalitis with 36 deaths--40 females and 22 males; average age 10-1/2 years. Four cases were under one year, one case fifty years, and forty-eight cases were from six to sixteen years. Government vaccine had been used in 53 of these cases, of which 30 were fatal.
The Rolleston Committee reported 30 cases with 16 fatalities. Government vaccine was used in 18 of these with 8 deaths. This committee also reported the subsequent history of 10 non-fatal cases under 15 years, showing that 4 were permanently injured in some way--in mind, memory, temper, vigor, relapse.
Since vaccination was made compulsory in England and Wales one million infants have died of convulsions, tetanus, encephalitis, meningitis, and other nervous ailments. How many of these were due to vaccination there is now no means of knowing, but in the light of present facts, we are safe in assuming that a large proportion of them died from this cause.
In 1924 there were recorded in England and Wales 5,039 cases of Encephalitis Lethargica, 397 of cerebro-spinal fever, 777 acute poleomyelitis, 83 poleo-encephalitis--a total of 6,296 cases, with 2,200 deaths, 2,520 permanently injured brains (insane), and 1,575 complete recoveries.
The cases in 1924 were three times as great as the yearly average for the nine proceeding years. In 1922- 23-24 the doctors of England and Wales cooked up a number of smallpox scares, causing 288,000 revaccinations. "Extra vaccination was followed by this extra crop of sleepy sickness."