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February 13, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLII(7):471-472. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490520061014

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So many statements have been made in the public press during the last few weeks regarding the cost of producing diphtheria antitoxin that it is interesting to turn to the itemized statement published by the State Board of Health of Massachusetts in the thirty-fourth annual report which has just reached us. It appears from this that the expenditures at the pathologic laboratory at Forest Hills, where the diphtheria antitoxin is prepared under the direction of Prof. Theobald Smith, amounted during the year ending Sept. 30, 1902, to $6,562.14. This includes the salaries of assistants and attendants, the purchase of animals, the board of the horses, and the apparatus, chemicals and laboratory supplies, together with a variety of incidental expenses. During the year ending March 31, 1902, 40,211 bottles, and in the year ending March 31, 1903, 33,475 bottles were issued, each bottle containing 1,500 units. This would amount to an

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