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May 21, 1927


JAMA. 1927;88(21):1655-1656. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680470041021

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The Use of Immunizing Serums in Man  The Gazzetta ufficiale del regno has published a decree which imposes a penalty on the use in man, whether for diagnostic or for curative purposes, of vaccines, serums, viruses, toxins and like products, the manufacture of which has not yet been authorized by law. Such use is permitted solely in public institutes of a hospital character, and in public ambulatoriums authorized by the prefect, always under the responsibility of the director of the institute. Of such use the director must make an exact record, and must give a written notice to the head of the administration by which the institution is controlled. In the case of a public ambulatory, the health officer of the commune must be informed in writing. The health officer, in turn, must inform the provincial physician. On the basis of the report of the provincial physician, the prefect may

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