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June 16, 1928


JAMA. 1928;90(24):1962-1963. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02690510046019

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The Defense of the B C G Antituberculosis Vaccine  The attack leveled, before the Academy of Medicine, by the veterinarian Lignières of Buenos Aires, against the B C G vaccine caused considerable sensation in scientific circles, and even among the general public. M. Calmette presented his defense before a large audience at the next meeting of the academy. The assistant director of the Pasteur Institute confined himself to the reading of a declaration that the situation would be clarified on the receipt of complete reports on the researches carried out in various countries on the effects of the B C G vaccine. He stated that his opponent Professor Lignières had furnished no proofs, experimental or clinical, on which to base his assertion that the B C G vaccine is a dangerous remedy. No one has been able to demonstrate that the vaccine produces an infection susceptible of transmission. Like all

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