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January 4, 1930


JAMA. 1930;94(1):43-45. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02710270045016

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The Antipoliomyelitic Serum  The antipoliomyelitic serum discovered three years ago by Prof. Auguste Pettit of the Institut Pasteur de Paris has passed its probation period. It seems to effect a cure when it is employed at the onset of the disease, during the febrile period of the general infection. Its action decreases in proportion as the cicatricial lesions of the medullary tissue are formed. Frequent requests for serum are received by the Institut Pasteur from various countries of Europe and even from America. Poliomyelitis, according to the last report of the health section of the League of Nations, is assuming disquieting proportions in Sweden, Denmark, Latvia and Roumania. Unfortunately, this serum is of long and difficult preparation, and the supply of Professor Pettit is exhausted. Last summer, in France, physicians were heard eagerly inquiring of their colleagues, over the radio, whether they had any ampules of this serum. In a

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