In a recent report Abel and his associates1 record the latest results of their studies on the pathology of tetanus. They mention again the error that has been so influential in the development of a false pathogenesis of tetanus, and "scarcely less harmful as regards diphtheria and botulism." This was the belief that tetanus toxin was conveyed to the reactive cells of the central nervous system only by way of the motor fibers of peripheral nerves. The correction of this misconception and others related or subsequent to it has occupied the energies of these workers for a number of years.2 Abel is particularly fitted by his long devotion and important contributions to the field of pharmacology to study the effects of poisons, whether chemical or biologic, and his experiments with tetanus toxin are a model for similar investigations in the future. This latest report deals with the
Current Comment. JAMA. 1937;108(10):808–809. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780100038018
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