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April 18, 1896

Toxic Effect of Antitoxin.

JAMA. 1896;XXVI(16):789. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430680041015

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Shullsburg, Wis., April 11, 1896.

To the Editor:  —The account of the death of a child from a prophylactic dose of antitoxin, in the Journal of April 4, makes me desire to put on record a case similar in its action although death did not occur. The facts are as follows: February 4, I was called to see Henry Snyder. Found him and his five-year old daughter affected with a severe type of diphtheria. I injected the father with a 1500 units and the daughter with a 1000 units strength, Behring's antitoxin, with good results. Mrs. Snyder, who was nursing her husband and child, complained some of her throat and wanted me to examine it. I found the arches of the fauces a little red, nothing more, pulse and temperature both normal, appetite good. She was apparently in good health, except being fatigued from broken rest. As she was the

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