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October 17, 1925


JAMA. 1925;85(16):1238-1239. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670160064022

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Preventive Injections Against Infectious Diseases of Children  Dr. Alois Soriceanu, assistant at a large children's clinic in Transylvania, says that measles and diphtheria seem to be now under our control. Two thousand preventive injections of convalescents' serum failed to protect in less than 4 per cent., and even here the technic may have been at fault. The Cantacuzino Serum Works in Bucharest is now making arrangements to supply convalescents' serum regularly to institutions threatened with measles. He mentions that he injected 116 children who had been exposed to measles from two to six days before with 20 c.c. of blood from adults or older children who presumably had had measles at some time. Only twelve developed measles, and these in a mild form. He endorses Dr. Rietschel's recommendation of this as valuable prophylaxis for infants and young children in the home, whether or not the effect is to be interpreted

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