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July 9, 1955


JAMA. 1955;158(10):870. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960100068015

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To the Editor:—  I wish to call your attention to the fact that with all the controversy regarding the Salk vaccine there has been no report or mention of the original work that was performed by Dr. John A. Kolmer in the early 30's. The pioneer work done by Dr. Kolmer at that time with the attenuated vaccine caused a great deal of interest in that type of procedure until a few cases of active poliomyelitis developed. In order to appreciate the present dilemma regarding the Salk vaccine the scientific world should profit by the past mistakes and experiences. Let us not repeat the mistakes of the 1930's or the mistake made in the 1880's after Dr. Robert Koch's premature announcement of the efficacy of his tuberculosis vaccine.

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