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December 16, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLV(25):1867-1869. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.52510250033002f

"I can assure you that rarely in my life have I felt greater joy than during those days, weeks and months when I recognized with ever-growing clearness the essential causal relation between inoculation and immunity." These enthusiastic words were uttered by von Behring at the closing session of the International Congress of Tuberculosis October 7, of this year, before an assembly of lay and medical members and their guests. They served as an introduction to the revelation of this remedy of tuberculosis, of which we, who were in Paris at the time, had seen the most wonderful accounts on the preceding days in the sensational press of the French metropolis. It seems to be the specialty of international congresses to bring forth some sensational revelations. In 1890 Koch's announcement of his tuberculin and later in 1901 of his unbelief in the identity of the human and bovine type of the