September 17, 1927


JAMA. 1927;89(12):980-981. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690120056025

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Present Status of Ferrán's Tuberculosis Vaccine  Dr. J. Ferrán is supervising the trials of his tuberculosis vaccine under way in several Spanish communities. On his reaching Madrid the National Tuberculosis Association appointed him honorary president. The present government is supporting the use of Ferrán's vaccination as a preventive measure against tuberculosis. At Buenos Aires, Dr. J. T. Vacarezza tried Ferrán's method in the foundling home. A comparative study showed that after instituting the vaccine the general mortality had decreased 50 per cent among the 700 inmates, while the tuberculosis mortality dropped to zero. At Córdoba, Argentina, Dr. Soria of the medical school secured similar results. In Spain the new method is being tried at thirty orphan homes. The National Tuberculosis Association and the government are urging an extensive trial of Ferrán's method. The vaccine is furnished free by its discoverer to public health and charities organizations, provided they agree to

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