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October 19, 1935

Current Comment

JAMA. 1935;105(16):1275. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760420045015

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INFANTILE PARALYSIS VACCINES  The most sensational feature of the scientific discussions at the meeting of the American Public Health Association, held in Milwaukee last week, was the presentation of papers and discussions of these papers on vaccines used for immunization against poliomyelitis. The vaccines now before the medical profession include those of Kolmer and of Brodie. Significant contributions on the development of these vaccines by these investigators have appeared from time to time in The Journal. After the investigators had presented the results of their observations, the value of these preparations was strongly deprecated in discussions in which Rivers of the Rockefeller Institute and Leake of the United States Public Health Service participated. Thus Rivers asserted, and in his contention Leake participated, that the Kolmer vaccine was dangerous because of the presence of free virus and that the Brodie vaccine was without demonstrated value and theoretically could not be of

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