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September 3, 1927


JAMA. 1927;89(10):806-807. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690100068026

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Artificial Immunization Against Tuberculosis  The subject of artificial immunization against tuberculosis was discussed recently at the meeting of the tuberculosis societies at Salzbrunn and also at the session of the Deutsche Vereinigung für Mikrobiologie in Vienna. At Salzbrunn, Professor Uhlenhuth of Freiburg presented his opinions based on his attempts to immunize calves with mildly virulent bacilli of bovine tuberculosis, which had been cultivated through many generations over a period of twenty-five years. He believes that the question of artificial immunization against tuberculosis has not yet been solved in a practical way. The experiments of Selter, Möller, Böhme and others, who have attempted to immunize infants as well as cattle by inoculating them with attenuated virulent tubercle bacilli, do not appear to him to justify the use of the method in general practice, since experiments on infants are, at the present stage of progress, too dangerous. Also Calmette's inoculation experiments with

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