The field of modern scientific research can demonstrate few more valuable therapeutic triumphs than the results displayed by antitoxin and intubation in laryngeal diphtheria. The fondest hopes of Roux, Berhing and O'Dwyer have been realized. It remains for us, their pupils, only to defend and apply the principles which they have so perfectly laid before us. It would seem that results as marvelous as our collective investigations absolutely demonstrate ought to be sufficient, but there is much missionary work yet to be done. It is not uncommon to find at the present time many cases of laryngeal diphtheria under observation for some days without the administration of antidiphtheritic serum while operative interference is postponed until the patient is moribund.
During a recent trip abroad it was my privilege to meet those enthusiastic pioneers in intubation, Baginsky of Berlin, Egide of Rome, and Massei of Naples, and to find that their
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