The medical profession in America has now had an experience of about one year with the antitoxin treatment of diphtheria. It is true that during the first six months the source of our supply of antitoxin was from abroad, and that this supply was necessarily limited, but during the past five or six months the supply has been about equal to the demand, and not many cases of diphtheria, particularly in the larger cities, need have suffered because of an inability to obtain serum of proper quality and strength.
The desire, or ambition, on the part of the medical profession to give this remedy a trial has certainly not been lacking; for I believe I am safe in saying that nothing in the domain of medicine has so attracted the universal attention of the profession and the public the world over, as this treatment of diphtheria with antitoxin.
WHITE AC. CLINICAL OBSERVATIONS IN THE TREATMENT OF DIPHTHERIA WITH ANTITOXIN.. JAMA. 1895;XXV(14):563-567. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430400007001c