No apology is necessary at the present time for a statistic study bearing upon the history of diphtheria and croup in the United States during recent years. It is only a short time since the etiologic characteristics of the disease, or diseases, dependent chiefly upon the presence of the Klebs—Löffler bacillus and associated microörganisms, have been definitely ascertained, and a still briefer time has elapsed since the antitoxin treatment, based entirely upon modern bacteriologic research, has promised to revolutionize entirely the treatment, and to greatly reduce the mortality of this, by far the most fatal acute infectious disease prevalent in this country, or at least its northern part.
It is of especial importance, therefore, in order that it may be known whether the claims of the new method of treatment are substantiated by experience, that reliable statistics of immediately preceding periods be available for comparison, and in case the employment
WILBUR CL. AGE AND SEX INCIDENCE OF MORTALITY IN MICHIGAN FROM DIPHTHERIA AND FROM CROUP DURING TWENTY-FIVE YEARS, 1870-94; A STATISTIC STUDY. JAMA. 1896;XXVII(7):350–360. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430850010001d
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