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February 25, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLIV(8):634. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500350044014

The marvelous saving of life that has been effected by means of the prompt and vigorous employment of antitoxin in the prevention and treatment of diphtheria is one of the triumphs of scientific medicine. That antitoxin has reduced the mortality in this disease enormously is an established fact, and we have become so convinced of this that nowadays little is said regarding it. However, it is well occasionally to call attention to this fact, and to emphasize its importance. Last week we published an abstract of a paper by Dr. Franklin Royer,1 read before the Philadelphia County Medical Society, in which the author presents some convincing statistics by making a comparison of the mortality between the number of cases of diphtheria recorded in the larger cities of this country, by decades, before and after the introduction of the antitoxin treatment. These statistics are an added proof that since antitoxin

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