January 11, 1908

Sudden Death After Injection of Diphtheria Antitoxin.

JAMA. 1908;L(2):137. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530280053019

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[A report of a death of a man in a physician's office, immediately after receiving an injection of diphtheria antitoxin, had wide circulation in the newspapers. A request for information addressed to the physician referred to has brought the following reply.—Ed.]

Norristown, Pa., Jan. 6, 1908.

To the Editor:  —On the evening of Dec. 12, 1907, Ely Weitzel, aged 34 years, a man of splendid physique and apparently in the best of health, came to my office and asked that I give him an immunizing dose of antitoxin, saying that he had on that morning kissed his little daughter, who was found, less than two hours afterward, to be suffering from diphtheria, both throat and nose being filled with the membrane.A few minutes before 8 p. m., after having carefully sterilized the right side, I introduced the needle about four inches above Poupart's ligament, and slowly injected nearly

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