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January 15, 1898

The Antiseptic Versus the Antitoxin Treatment of Diphtheria.

JAMA. 1898;XXX(3):160. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440550048013

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Philadelphia, Pa., Jan. 10, 1898.

To the Editor:  —I am not informed whether it is your custom to admit to your columns criticisms of papers appearing therein, but upon reading the paper of Dr. Braymer in the issue of November 27, I am tempted to test the facts in that direction. The point which the paper attempts to cover: "Is, or Is Not Antitoxin the Best Treatment Offered for the Cure of Diphtheria," is one that we supposed had been definitely settled through exhaustive clinical experience, covering a period of time sufficient, it would seem, to justify an affirmative answer in the minds of the most captious. On the contrary, like Banquo's ghost, the subject will not down, and following the usual experience in medical investigation, need we expect it to be set at rest for a century to come? Parallel cases may be cited to prove the likelihood of

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