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July 4, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVII(1):11-14. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430790011001c

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Since the introduction of the diphtheria antitoxin as a specific remedy in diphtheria, I have used it in 127 cases of diphtheria with a record of five deaths.

As the character of my cases were in many instances of the most dangerous variety, and in nineteen instances necessitated the operation of intubation, I may not be misjudged if I ascribe to the specific action of antitoxin the results obtained.

To briefly summarize my work they are: Tonsillar 67; pharyngeal and tonsillar 14; nasal, pharyngeal and tonsillar 1; pharyngeal 1; laryngeal 12; tonsillarand laryngeal 18; pharyngeal, tonsillar and laryngeal 8; nasal, pharyngeal, tonsillar and laryngeal 4; pharyngeal and laryngeal 2; total 127; number of deaths 5.

The ages were: Under 1 year 4 cases; between 1 and 5 years 55 cases; between 5 and 10 years 30 cases; between 10 and 20 years 13 cases; between 20 and 40 years 25

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