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January 30, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLII(5):316-317. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490500036011

The medical profession, and indeed the world at large, are now so thoroughly convinced of the efficacy of antitoxin in the treatment of diphtheria that new statistics can do little more than remind us of the security of our position in regard to the treatment of this disease. Nevertheless, it can not be said that we have yet learned all there is to know about the subject. The health office of Albany, N. Y., has recently, through Dr. Craig,1 reported the diphtheria statistics of that city for the years 1901, 1902 and 1903. It was attempted to ascertain certain facts concerning all cases of diphtheria reported to the health office by the physicians of the city, whether or not the cases received antitoxin, and the results of the treatment. Unfortunately the day of the disease on which antitoxin was administered was not obtained. During this period there occurred a

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