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July 17, 1926


JAMA. 1926;87(3):183-184. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680030047017

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The Antidiphtheria Crusade  Dr. Bessemans, chief inspector of the public health service, has presented to the international bureau of public health a study on the antidiphtheria crusade in Belgium. He discusses the subject under three heads: (1) sanitary equipment and organization; (2) the tactics and the means of defense, and (3) the results of the crusade.

SANITARY ORGANIZATION  Various organizations are called on to take part, as follows: the faculties of medicine and the medical profession, including the laboratories of bacteriology and public health. Other state institutions concerned are the administration of public health, the royal academy of medicine, the provincial medical commissions, the intercommunal institutions and local organizations.

METHODS OF ACTION  Dr. Bessemans discussed also the various methods of action, such as early diagnosis, gratuitous serum and search for bacillus carriers. He pointed out that the Schick test is practical and easily carried out.

RESULTS  In general, the retrogression

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