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July 22, 1933


JAMA. 1933;101(4):293-294. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740290041022

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The French Assembly of General Medicine  The Assemblée française de médecine générale brings together the modest practitioners of the rural districts and the masters of science in the large cities. The recent sixth session of the assembly devoted itself to the prevention of tetanus. The question has a wide interest at present. A court had imposed a severe penalty on a physician, after the death of a patient from tetanus, because he had not given an injection of antitetanus serum immediately after the injury. The whole medical profession protested against the decision, for it appeared to indicate that every injury, no matter how trivial, should be followed by an injection of serum. The evidence collected by the practitioners in the provinces revealed that there are regions of France free from tetanus—the large cities, for example, and the mining regions. There are regions that have a bad reputation for tetanus, these

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