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March 21, 1908


JAMA. 1908;L(12):965-966. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530380037008

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In introducing animal products into our therapeutic armamentarium we have also introduced opportunities for unintentional transmission of those diseases from which the animal furnishing the products may be suffering. This is a danger against which every precaution is taken by all who are engaged in the preparation of such biologic products, and the accidental transmission of disease by this method is, therefore, a most rare occurrence. The chief expense of such preparations as diphtheria antitoxin does not lie in the actual cost of producing the antitoxin, but in securing the absolute purity and safety of the product. It would be a simple matter to inject a horse with diphtheria toxin, draw off its blood and secure a large amount of an effective antitoxin at a very small cost. But it is the expert careand supervision, the skilled labor and the extensive animal experimentation that is required to insure the sterility

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