October 16, 1897

A Query on Serum Treatment.

JAMA. 1897;XXIX(16):812. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440420046015

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Jackson, Tenn., Sept. 9, 1897.

To the Editor:  —Since it appears that the serum of the blood taken from those who have typhoid fever will destroy the typhoid bacillus, is it not reasonable to suppose that serum taken from those who have just recovered from the disease and inserted into the blood or tissues of those who have it, may prove a remedy for the disease?Or, for fear of contamination from the blood of those who had it, may not the typhoid bacillus be injected into the horse or cow and the serum taken from those animals and injected into the blood or tissues of typhoid patients prove to be an antitoxin to the disease?

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