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July 25, 1931


JAMA. 1931;97(4):259-260. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730040041019

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The Need for Poliomyelitis Serum  Professor Netter, addressing the Academy of Medicine, launched recently a campaign looking toward the more active organization of the defense against poliomyelitis, the ravages of which are increasing, as shown by the epidemic last year in Alsace. He suggested the adoption of measures taken in certain parts of America, citing more particularly the province of Manitoba, where, in 1928, 9 liters of serum was collected in Winnipeg from 113 former patients; and the province of Ontario, where, in 1929, 387 out of 558 poliomyelitis patients received serum. Experiments justify the statement that the serum exists in eight or nine tenths of former patients and that in some patients the potency is extremely high. A thirtieth of a cubic centimeter may contain a dose of antivirus sufficient to neutralize a quantity of virus capable of producing poliomyelitis in 3,000 monkeys. By mixing the serum of several

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