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October 5, 1901

La Peste Bubonique dans la Republique Argentine et au Paraguay Epidémies de 1899-1900.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(14):925. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470400049020

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This report of the National Department of Hygiene of Argentina is an evidence of the thorough appreciation of sanitary questions in that South American Republic. The authors give the history of the introduction and course of the disease in succession into Asuncion, Rosario and Buenos Aires, discuss the local conditions in each place that favored its development, devote chapters to treatment and prophylaxis and conclude with an appendix giving reports of cases. They endorse serum therapy as giving better results in the cases in which it has been employed than other methods of treatment, and the accidents or inconveniences following its use slight. They do not, however, unreservedly hold with Haffkine that serum immunization renders needless other prophylactic measures. Where the serum treatment was impossible in these cities the treatment was largely symptomatic—balneotherapy, cardiac tonics, anti-spasmodics, intestinal disinfectants, etc. Incision of the buboes was practiced, and bleeding was found occasionally

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