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June 23, 1917


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New Brunswick, N. J.

JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(25):1933. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270060341030

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To the Editor:  —I desire to call attention to the statement appearing in your editorial, "Epidemic Meningitis" (The Journal, June 2, 1917), in which you state that, according to experiments in England, some of the meningitis serum as obtained under market conditions seems to be without sufficient virtue to have any curative effect, and in this respect we are "still at the mercy of the manufacturers unless fortunate enough to be able to secure the serum from institutions for research, such as the Rockefeller Institution for Medical Research or the Research Laboratory of the Board of Health, New York City."In a recent issue of The Journal, it was also stated that much of the serum manufactured by commercial laboratories was of doubtful potency. I am quite sure that you will agree that such sweeping statements as these are without sound basis.As a matter of fact, based on the

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