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January 4, 1896


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JAMA. 1896;XXVI(1):25-27. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430530025001j

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Within the past score of years there has been a new light thrown upon a large class of maladies which bear the name of contagious diseases. Plausible theories relative to the cause of many of them have given way to demonstrated facts. The consequence is that difierent methods of treatment have been adopted for the relief and cure of many of them. Modifying and attenuating the poison which produces the disease is a method originally wrought out by Pasteur, first in securing immunity in fowls against chicken cholera and lastly in the prevention of hydrophobia; and still it is a problem whose solution is engaging the attention of some of the best minds in the profession, which when completely solved will doubtless lessen the death rate of that class of diseases which has heretofore been the scourge of the human race in every quarter of the globe. Probably the most

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