Dr. Charles T. Pearce, M.D.
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Charles Thomas Pearce, MD, (d. May 9, 1883 Torquay) was an English physician and notable opponent to mandatory vaccination. As the editor of a medical journal, he first became interested in a possible vaccine controversy in 1856 when an article was submitted by John Gibbs, a hydropath with controversial views on vaccination. Pearce began lecturing on the subject, and in Northampton in 1860 he held his first public debate, making the town a centre of resistance to the compulsory vaccination law. In 1871, Pearce gave evidence to a Select Committee appointed to inquire into the Vaccination Act of 1867, and also published his beliefs about smallpox vaccination in several books.
[1868 Book] Essay on Vaccination by Dr. Charles T. Pearce, M.D.