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Hale, Annie Riley. These Cults: An Analysis of the Foibles of Dr. Morris Fishbeins "Medical Follies" and Medical Practice in General, etc. New York. National Health Foundation, 1926.

   A few years ago (1915), Mr. Charles M. Higgins, author of "Horrors of Vaccination Exposed," carried a continuous advertisement in one of the large New York dailies, which conveyed a challenge to the new York State and City Departments of Health, calling on them to open their records— juggled and "doctored" as most of them were—and he would undertake to show the public from them, "that there had been more deaths from vaccinia than from smallpox in the State of New York every year for the past fifteen." Needless to say the challenge was never accepted.
    Mr. Higgins' challenge was inspired by the famous Loyster investigation of the ravages of vaccination in the New York public schools of the smaller towns and country districts, the result of which had just become known. Mr. James A. Loyster, editor of a newspaper at Cazenovia, N. Y., lost his only son through vaccination in 1914. Mr. Loyster stated in his report that he had consented to the operation, that he had himself been vaccinated and believed in it; but the boy's death got his attention. He determined to make a survey of the schools in the rural districts and smaller cities—exclusive of Albany, Syracuse, Buffalo and Greater New York—for the purpose of ascertaining the extent of similar fatalities from vaccination among school children. He purposely left out the larger cities because of the difficulty in canvassing them; and in order to maintain an open-minded quest for facts, he says he refused to read any anti-vaccination literature before starting on his inquiry. Mr. Loyster found and verified 27 deaths and twice as many cases of serious disability from vaccination among New York school children in that restricted area for the year 1914, getting names and addresses and in a number of cases photographs of the victims—all of which were reproduced in Mr. Higgins' book. It is a reasonable assumption that a canvass of the larger cities would have swelled the death-toll twice over, and in the whole State of New York that year of 1914, there were only three deaths from smallpox! ---These Cults by Annie Riley Hale