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October 13, 1917

SPECIFIC SERUM THERAPY OF EPIDEMIC POLIOMYELITISA REPORT ON ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY-NINE CASES TREATED WITH ANTIPOLIOMYELITIC HORSE SERUM

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(15):1247-1254. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590420039010
Abstract

This report describes in detail the mode of production, technic of administration and the results obtained in a series of 159 cases of epidemic poliomyelitis treated with antipoliomyelitic serum prepared in the horse by injections of the poliomyelitic coccus. These patients were treated in the Cook County Hospital during the present epidemic which has prevailed throughout the summer and autumn months of 1917 in the city of Chicago.

The epidemic first appeared during the latter part of July, 1917. It may be said to have reached its height during the first twenty days of September, when more than 200 cases were reported to the health department and over 100 patients were admitted to the isolation ward of the Cook County Hospital. With the advent of cool weather the number of daily admissions appears to be decreasing somewhat, and accordingly it now seems pertinent to report the results attained up to

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