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June 13, 1896

ANTITOXIN IN THE TREATMENT OF DIPHTHERIA.WITH REPORT OF FATAL TERMINATION OF CASE AFTER RECEIVING PROPHYLACTIC DOSE.

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PORTSMOUTH, OHIO.

JAMA. 1896;XXVI(24):1168-1169. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430760020002g

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Abstract

A death occurring in about four minutes after injecting under the right scapula, in a boy five years old, a prophylactic dose of Behring's antitoxin, No. 0, furnished the excuse for this paper.

I have had an experience of eight months in the treatment of diphtheria with Behring's remedy, embracing the administration of the remedy to seventy cases of the disease, several of them bacteriologically examined, and all presenting the usual well-marked signs and symptoms of the disease, and occurring during an epidemic of a severe type of the disease, characterized by a high rate of mortality where antitoxin was not employed in the treatment, without losing a case so treated. After having used it for prophylactic purposes in twenty-seven cases that had been directly exposed, and in many of these the exposure was continued, with the desired result in preventing the disease in all but three cases, these three

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