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To the Editor:—
In The Journal, July 21, page 192, appeared a current comment treating with the administration of human serum and advising caution in its administration. The article made reference to a recent California case that cost the life of a young boy. A footnote stated that the tragedy was occasioned by the incapability of the technician. I am the technician who prepared the serum, and in justice to yourself and to me I believe you should be advised of the outcome of the investigation that followed the death.A coroner's jury composed of reputable physicians from all parts of this county returned a verdict exonerating me from liability and attributing the contamination of the serum to undetermined causes. It is true that they recommended state supervision of all laboratories engaged in making serum, but they did not in any manner lay the blame for this most unfortunate happening
Sokol AA, Rosa S. DANGER IN ADMINISTRATION OF HUMAN SERUM. JAMA. 1934;103(8):622. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750340086025