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June 24, 1933


JAMA. 1933;100(25):2038. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740250060028

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To the Editor:  —I would like to congratulate The Journal for blasting the commercial aspects of bacteriophage therapy in the issue of May 20. I only wish that the rank and file of the profession would wait for the report of the Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry before swallowing hook, line and all of the bacteriophage panacea.A valuable article appeared in Northwest Medicine (32:106 [March] 1933) on "Mobilization of the Reticulo-Endothelial Cells as Aid to Cure," by Dr. S. H. Tashjian of Seattle. He uses nutrient broth, which seems to do everything claimed by different "phagists."In the clinic with which I am associated we have had similar results with nutrient broth injections for carbuncles, chronic indolent ulcers, varicose ulcers, and a wide variety of infections. Similar results from other clinics and hospitals are daily reported. I think this is a forward step in modern therapeutics with a

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