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September 1, 1923

ACTIVE IMMUNIZATION AGAINST DIPHTHERIA IN PRIVATE PRACTICE

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KANSAS CITY, MO.

JAMA. 1923;81(9):738-741. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650090036010
Abstract

Protection against diphtheria needs not only the activity of an efficient health board in each community, but also the assistance of the private and dispensary physician; for it is from him that advice is sought. It is with the hope of creating more active general interest in this subject that this paper is presented.

INCOMPLETE CONTROL OF DIPHTHERIA  To diagnose this disease correctly is the duty of the practicing physician, for on him rests the responsibility of early administering antitoxin as a curative or prophylactic measure, and of urging the safeguarding of other individuals by isolation and quarantine.Passive immunization and isolation have their definite place, but that they have not been effectual in eradicating the disease is known to all, to a disappointing extent when one reads our recent statistics.Since the last session of the American Medical Association, from June 1, 1922 to April 1, 1923, there have

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