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November 23, 1940


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Cambridge, Mass.

JAMA. 1940;115(21):1821. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810470065024

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To the Editor:—  In an editorial entitled "The Medical Control of Mobilization" in The Journal, October 12, it is stated that "Much control over the epidemic intestinal diseases such as typhoid and dysentery can be exerted by suitable preventive measures, but the situation with regard to respiratory diseases is more difficult. In such conditions as measles and mumps neither prevention nor treatment can be much better controlled than formerly."I am under the impression that the use of immune globulin and convalescent serum in measles and of convalescent serum in mumps has become firmly established as of great value in the prophylaxis of these diseases. Certainly in hospital practice we no longer have the terror of measles running through our wards at will as it used to do, and it would seem to me that by establishing depots of suitable convalescent serum the same situation would hold in army camps.

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