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December 4, 1915

THE TRAGEDY OF UNPREPAREDNESS IN MEDICINE

JAMA. 1915;LXV(23):2012-2013. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02580230054020

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Abstract

A recent number of a periodical published in the interest of osteopaths contains a number of references to the death of a boy from diphtheria. A death from any cause and even one from diphtheria would not usually have caused so much comment, but this boy happened to be the son of the editor, who is an osteopath. The reports show that the disease was not recognized until a physician—a graduate of a Class C medical college—was called in, and he thought lobelia was better than antitoxin. The editor is now mourning the death of his son, regrets that antitoxin was not used, and has started a campaign among osteopaths urging the use of antitoxin in diphtheria. Pathetic as arethe statements of this heart-broken father, they show unquestionably how slight was his knowledge of the simplest fundamentals of medicine. They show also that the admission to practice of any one

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