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September 25, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXIX(13):616-619. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440390006002

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In view of the American Pediatric Society's collective investigation on the value of the antitoxin treatment of laryngeal diphtheria, and the favorable comments it is calling forth from the medical press everywhere, the subject seems trite before such a body of representative medical men of our country. The committee of the Pediatric Society spared no pains in making their report, which includes only undoubted cases of laryngeal diphtheria treated with antitoxin, and deserves the highest commendation from the entire profession, as it will undoubtedly be the means of saving many lives by conducing to a more general and better employment of diphtheria antitoxin. The report shows that in operative cases of laryngeal diphtheria before the introduction of antitoxin 27 per cent. recovered, while when antitoxin is used 73 per cent. recover. The committee made the significant statement that even so high a percentage of recoveries is too low, from the

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