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October 6, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(14):887-888. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460400035011

The paper of Mircoli, abstracted elsewhere in this issue,1 seems worthy of at least passing comment. The striking results with so large a series of cases, nearly 3000, from the use of the Maragliano antitoxin in the different forms of tuberculosis are better shown in his tabulated statements than in our abbreviated report. Over 14 per cent, of the cures added to nearly 50 per cent. of "improved" is a good showing. When we analyze the figures further and find that the disease progressed during the treatment in only about 18 per cent., and that the disease in the cases rated as improved tends to be permanently checked, it is still better. Even in the advanced cases with cavities already formed, only in about one-third was the disease still progressive during the treatment. Besides these results, which, it must be said, were attained with the additional aid of general

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