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October 5, 1895

Hare's Text-Book of Practical Therapeutics. A Text-Book of Practical Therapeutics; With Especial Reference to the Application of Remedial Measures to Disease and their Employment upon a Rational Basis

JAMA. 1895;XXV(14):593. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430400037014

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As this book has now passed to its fifth edition, it needs no special commendation on the part of the writer of this notice. The revision has brought the book down to date. Each article has been revised and the antitoxin treatment of diphtheria has been introduced. The author mentions with approval that the "gross percentage of mortality without taking favorable cases alone and including operative cases, ranges from 5 to 23 per cent, as against the ordinary mortality of about 50 per cent. The dose of the antitoxin serum is to be judged by its known strength and power, when conferring immunity, by the severity of the disease and the susceptibility of the patient. The present common dose of the antitoxin serum of Behring and Parke, Davis & Co., is 5 to 10 cubic centimeters, while that of the strongest serum is much less. One valuable feature of this

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