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November 7, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVII(19):1019. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430970041013

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Chicago, Oct. 31, 1896.

To the Editor:  —In the last issue of the Journal I find a short letter referring to and criticising Dr. H. Lahmann's article on serum-therapy. As Dr. Lahmann will hardly become acquainted with the contents of this letter, I think it my duty to reply to it in his stead, because it was I who translated his article for the Journal.In consideration of the fact that every serum-treatment so far employed has proven to be a failure, and considering also that the efficiency of the antitoxin treatment of diphtheria is still either doubted or denied by a great many competent physicians, it seems to be quite a bold undertaking by any advocate of the serum-therapy to call a physician whose therapeutic views differ from his, a quack.In concluding his letter Dr. K. says: "We should be on our guard, having enough of the sort

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