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November 18, 1933


JAMA. 1933;101(21):1651-1652. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740460053020

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Organization of a Center for Convalescent Serums  Since it has been recognized that the serums of convalescents have in some infectious diseases a preventive and curative value, efforts have been made to establish centers where supplies of convalescent serums may be kept on hand for use in case of epidemics. It has not been found easy to organize such a center. In children's hospitals, one can obtain serum from convalescents from measles, pertussis, scarlet fever and bronchopneumonia, although it is dangerous to take too much blood from young patients recovering from such diseases. The small supply thus secured is not sufficient to supply the physicians of the city who require serums for their clientele. A model organization has been perfected, in the children's clinic at Strasbourg, by Professor Lowenberg, the details of which he recently announced. There is provided a stock of convalescent serum for measles, scarlet fever and poliomyelitis.

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