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July 11, 1885


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June 24, 1885.

JAMA. 1885;V(2):53-54. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.04470010025014

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Dear Sir: I have read with much interest Dr. Nunn's paper, and the discussion had thereon, published in your issue of June 13, and take pleasure in adding my testimony to the value of biniodide of mercury in the treatment of severe cases of diphtheria. While pleased, however, with the admirably written paper, I was disappointed at finding no reference to the prophylaxis of the disease. Is it not as much the duty of the physician to prevent disease, or check its spreading, as it is to cure existing cases? In the Therapeutic Gazette, some seven years ago, I published my theory of the prophylaxis of diphtheria, and the article was largely copied by medical journals in this country and Canada. Having then had only a few opportunities for testing the trustworthiness of the theory, I requested practitioners who might test it, to send the results to me; and I

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