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December 2, 1893

PREVENTION OF DIPHTHERIA.Read in the Section on Diseases of Children, at the Forty-fourth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association.

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JAMA. 1893;XXI(23):849-850. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420750019002e

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The physician, when summoned to a case of diphtheria however mild, should never neglect the manifest and very important duty of preventing, so far as possible, its propagation to others. Effectual measures to this end are within his power. Dr. H. B. Baker of Michigan, has published statistics, showing that in 102 outbreaks of diphtheria, the average number of cases, where disinfection and isolation, one or both were neglected was 16, and the average deaths 3.26, while in 116 outbreaks in which isolation and disinfection were enforced, the average number of cases in each outbreak was 2.86, and the average deaths 0.66. Therefore prophylactic measures prevented 13 cases, and 2.57 deaths in the average for each outbreak, in the total 1,545 cases and 298 deaths. These statistics relate to one year. (Annual of Universal Medical Science, 1888.)

The remarkable success achieved by Prof. Grancher in preventing the propagation of diphtheria,

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