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May 29, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(22):1016-1017. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440220012002e

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The announcement of the subject matter of my paper carries with it the idea that I would cover the field of serum therapy, but I shall confine myself to the use of antitoxic serum and its effects in diphtheria and phthisis pulmonalis.

The curative effects of antitoxic serum in diphtheria is now so well established that there is no need of argument or detail report of cases to establish its benefits in this disease to the medical profession. Hence I give only a summary of my cases. I have treated fifty-three cases of diphtheria without the loss by death of a single case. Forty of these cases were treated with serum only, cleanliness and good food. The remainder had had other treatment before I saw them. The complications which occured among these cases were as follows: Hoarseness, seven; five of aphonia; two of toxemia; one of broncho-pneumonia resulting from the

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