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The Congress of the German Society of Internal Medicine
This year, the Gesellschaft für innere Medizin and the Gesellschaft für Kinderheilkunde met in Wiesbaden on overlapping dates, in order that thus an opportunity might be offered for collaboration in the treatment of the subject of "The Combating of Infectious Diseases." The first papers dealt with protective inoculation and therapeutic serum treatment in measles, scarlet fever and diphtheria. Professor Neufeld of Berlin discussed the experimental bases. Protective inoculation against diphtheria is based on the experiments of Behring with toxin-antitoxin mixtures. In spite of the fact that the natural defense forces rest on a different basis from acquired immunity, they are none the less important. In diphtheria, a single inoculation is not sufficient; the effect is increased by the second and third injections. The first injection brings about only a sensitization. The resorption of a toxin spread over a longer period is
BERLIN. JAMA. 1929;92(21):1780. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02700470056027
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