Killick Millard

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Charles Killick Millard (1870–1952) was a British doctor who in 1935 founded the Voluntary Euthanasia Legalisation Society (now Dignity in Dying), a movement that campaigned for the legalisation of euthanasia in Great Britain. In addition to supporting euthanasia, Millard had supported movements advocating for temperance, eugenics, cremation and birth control, and help found the first birth control clinic in Leicester. He received his MD degree in 1896 and served as Medical Officer of Health for Leicester from 1901 to 1935.[1]

There had been strong opposition to compulsory smallpox vaccination in Leicester for many years and, as a strong supporter of vaccination, Millard had to work within this established framework. Whilst still supporting vaccination he argued against compulsory vaccination of infants and the use of mass vaccination to control outbreaks. Instead he advocated isolation of cases, and voluntary vaccination of medical and nursing staff and of contacts of cases. This proved successful and was adopted generally when compulsory vaccination was abolished.[2][3]


  1. ^ Dowbiggin, I. (2001). "'A Prey on Normal People': C. Killick Millard and the Euthanasia Movement in Great Britain, 1930-55". Journal of Contemporary History 36 (1): 59–85. doi:10.1177/002200940103600103. PMID 18077891. 
  2. ^ Obituary (1952). "C. Killick Millard, M.D., D.Sc.". Brit. Med. J. 1: 660–1. 
  3. ^ Millard, C. Killick (1914). The Vaccination Question in the Light of Modern Experience. London: Lewis. 

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