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December 15, 1894

THE FAILURE OF THE ERYSIPELAS TOXINS.

JAMA. 1894;XXIII(24):919. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02421290035005

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Abstract

"Every delay is hateful, but it gives wisdom."—Publius Syrus.

There is no longer much question of the entire failure of the toxin injections, as a cure for sarcomata and malignant growths. During the last six months the alleged remedy has been faithfully tried by many surgeons, but so far not a single well authenticated case of recovery has been reported, so far as our reading has extended, and the personal experience of surgeons of our acquaintance with whom we have conversed, demonstrates that in all cases in which they tried the erysipelas toxin the result was no improvement.

We can readily understand and sympathize with the great desire to rescue from impending death, sufferers from an incurable disease, but science demands that its truths shall be positively demonstrated before being accepted. The medical profession, for centuries conservative in acceptance of new doctrines, has been startled out of its usual

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