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August 3, 1895


JAMA. 1895;XXV(5):206. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430310034006

At a recent meeting of the Paris Academy of Medicine, M. Hervieux read the report of the following case by Dr. Annet, a military surgeon: A young woman of 24 was re-vaccinated successfully in the fifth month of her first pregnancy; her child was vaccinated at three and at six months, the latter only being successful. "So far," says Dr. Annet, "nothing is unusual, for we know that immunity transmitted from the mother rarely persists beyond five or six months." But the patient became pregnant again in 1894, four years after, and this second child was inoculated at the second, seventh and eleventh months; all attempts failed, though the vaccine matter had been used in several other children and always with success. M. Annet expressed the opinion that this immunity could only have been conferred by the blood of the mother. M. Hervieux, in discussing the case, said we do

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