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June 2, 1906

Cheaper Antitoxin.

Author Affiliations

Chief Medical Inspector Chicago Department of Health.

JAMA. 1906;XLVI(22):1710-1711. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510490056015

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Chicago, May 21, 1906.

To the Editor:  —The statements in The Journal, May 12, page 1449, that the Memorial Institute for Infectious Diseases is said to be supplying antitoxin to the city for $1.50 per 3000 units as against $5.25, the sum charged by the alleged antitoxin trust, is misleading, as it compares the purchasing price of the Memorial Institute with the retail price to the general public of the other producers of antitoxin. The statement was not taken from the Chicago Health Department Bulletin, nor did the statement come from me.The correction of the above statement in The Journal for May 19, page 1533, gives our purchase and selling prices correctly, $1.50 and $2.25 per 3000 units, and states that other firms have offered the Department of Health antitoxin at practically the same price. This latter statement is true also, but there is a story behind it. All

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