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September 16, 1950


JAMA. 1950;144(3):259-260. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920030047022

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To the Editor:—  You are doubtless aware of three recently published studies in British medical literature concerning the effect of pertussis and diphtheria immunization on the occurrence and pattern of infantile paralysis: 1. "Local Paralysis in Children After Injections" (Guys Hospital series of 1944-1948 with 1 case early in 1949) by J. K. Martin. This was received for publication Oct. 24, 1949 and published in Archives of Diseases in Childhood March 1950 (25:1). 2. "The Relation of Prophylactic Inoculations to the Onset of Poliomyelitis" (Victoria, Australia, 1949 series) by Bertram P. McCloskey, which was apparently written late in 1949 and was published in the Lancet (1:659 [April 8] 1950). 3. "The Incidence of Paralysis Occurring in London Children Within Four Weeks After Immunization" (London 1949 series) by Dennis H. Geffen, Medical Officer of Health for the Metropolitan Borough of St. Pancras, a paper read Oct. 7, 1949 and

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