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February 4, 1911


Author Affiliations

A. A. Surgeon U. S. Public Health and Marine-Hospital Service; Superintendent Leahi Home; Member of Territorial Board of Medical Examiners HONOLULU, T. H.

JAMA. 1911;LVI(5):332-335. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560050018005

By permission of Dr. Ramus, chief quarantine officer of the Territory of Hawaii. I submit for consideration the following report on the treatment of three cases of plague, by Yersin-Roux serum.

The action of Yersin-Roux serum in the treatment of this disease has been so greatly a matter of dispute among those who have used it that this report is given in the hope of causing at least a revision of opinion among those who condemn it as useless.

My first experience in the treatment of plague by means of this serum, in 1907, caused me to regard its use most favorably. Unfortunately, the records of those cases, about 20 in number, were thought by me to be in the possession of the Territorial Board of Health, but cannot now be found. But the three cases I am about to report show admirably the chief points observed at that time,

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