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April 10, 1915

WHAT IS THE PRESENT STATUS OF AUTOSERUM IN SKIN DISEASES?

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LOUISVILLE, KY.

JAMA. 1915;LXIV(15):1228-1230. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570410026011
Abstract

Having been an enthusiastic follower of autoserum therapy in skin diseases, and having given it a thorough and impartial trial, I regret to acknowledge my belief that autoserum therapy will prove another "therapeutic fiasco." In the paper read by me before the Section on Dermatology of the American Medical Association in 1913, entitled "Empiricism in Dermatologic Therapeutics,"1 I was accused of being too much imbued with nihilistic views in regard to therapy of diseases. In this paper I stated that for lack of knowledge of the etiology of the majority of diseases, we physicians are always ready to adopt and exalt any new remedy or method that may have some promising feature. How any thinking physician can, in the present developmental era, not become a therapeutic nihilist, is rather an enigma to me.

Dr C. J. White,2 in his chairman's address before the same section in 1912, said:

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