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The Calmette antivenene has, as we learn from the Paris correspondent of the London Lancet, been put to the test as regards its efficiency by Dr. Calmette himself on his own person. While handling one of his reptiles the forceps slipped and he was severely bitten in the right hand. He immediately gave himself an injection of antivenene, and though his hand swelled considerably and there was some fever, he was able to attend to business on the afternoon of the same day, and was perfectly recovered on the following one. The serpent was one the poison of which is exceedingly rapid in its action, and the result is claimed as conclusive proof of the protective virtue of the serum. While an experiment like this is hardly to be recommended, the accident was in its way a fortunate one, and was doubtless as satisfactory to Dr. Calmette as if it
ACCIDENTAL SERUM DEMONSTRATION.. JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(11):704. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470370034005