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July 4, 1896


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JAMA. 1896;XXVII(1):4-7. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430790004001a

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A year ago, in a paper read before this Section, I stated that an average of the reports from serum treatment in diphtheria showed a reduction of 50 per cent. in mortality. I repeat this statement to-day with all confidence. Then we had reports from a few thousand cases, to-day from hundreds of thousands. With the profession at large there is no longer any question as to the value of this treatment. Here and there some belated traveler may be heard crying that we are on the wrong road, that trouble and disappointment alone await us. The observer whose opposition has attracted the widest attention in the past year is possibly Dr. Lenox Brown of London. Dr. Brown is a very able man, an authority on many subjects. He attacks the statistics, makes much of the harmful effects of the serum, and enters a general denial against all the claims

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