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August 30, 1941


JAMA. 1941;117(9):808. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820350148023

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To the Editor:—  We would like to take exception to the statement made by Dr. W. W. Hammon (Encephalitis in the Yakima Valley, The Journal, July 19, p. 161) to the effect that we had recommended that physicians use hyperimmune rabbit serum in the treatment of Western equine encephalomyelitis in man. Actually our report in The Journal, Sept. 28, 1940, was a factual account of the results of treating the experimental disease in mice and guinea pigs with specific hyperimmune rabbit serum. The purpose of our investigations was to determine whether a virus disease could be treated with serum after the onset of symptoms. We did not recommend or even imply that our serum be used in treatment of the disease in man.Other statements in the article made by Dr. Hammon are open to question. The first of these is that serum treatment in man would not be feasible

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