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May 24, 1913


JAMA. 1913;60(21):1621-1622. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04340210031018

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INOCULATION TECHNIC  Bacterial vaccines are administered by subcutaneous injection. Attempts to administer them by the mouth or by rectum have not progressed beyond the experimental stage. Intravenous and intramuscular injections are not practiced as a rule.

Syringe.  —While the physician's ordinary hypodermic syringe can be used, a special syringé should be set apart for vaccine therapy. Preferably this syringe, or at least its barrel, should be of glass, accurately graduated either in minims or in fractions of a cubic centimeter. A capacity of 1, or at most 2 c.c. is sufficient. The plunger may be of metal to fit a ground barrel, of glass ground to make a good fit, or of glass with asbestos packing. Ordinary steel hypodermic needles with slip-joint or screw-joint rust readily and dull when sterilized by boiling, but they are cheap as compared with the more durable needles of platinum or

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