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December 26, 1936

"AUTOGENOUS SERUM TREATMENT OF NARCOTIC ADDICTION"

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San Francisco.

JAMA. 1936;107(26):2150. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770520052021

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  In The Journal, October 17, page 1337, appeared a lengthy abstract on Autogenous Serum Treatment of Narcotic Addiction (Black, D. M.: Canad. M. A. J.35:177 [Aug.] 1936). I believe that the purpose of Current Medical Literature is to advise readers of advances or new treatments published elsewhere. The following will make clear my object in writing:According to La tribune médicale (December 1929, p. 564) Modinos first called attention to the therapeutic value of serum from blisters some twenty years before this article (1929). Lassablière called attention to this treatment in Médecine (December 1928). Modinos reports eight cases of narcotic addiction treated by this method; three of these cases are given in considerable detail.Based on these reports, I tried this treatment in 1933 in a case of diacetylmorphine addiction. While the cantharides plaster produced an acceptable blister, the restlessness of the patient during the

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