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July 19, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(3):142. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480290026010

Attention has been directed by The Journal to investigations made by various students according to which the general effects of alcohol upon animals is to render them more susceptible to infections and to make them more liable to succumb to infections when they occur. Some observations by Mircoli2 appear to show that alcohol may exercise a beneficial influence in cases of pulmonary tuberculosis. By means of certain tests he determined the antitoxic power of the blood serum of healthy persons and alcoholics against an aqueous tuberculin, by finding the quantity of serum required to render inactive the minimum fatal dose of tuberculin for guinea-pigs. In an alcoholic patient, suffering from acute alcohol poisoning, he found the serum possessed a much greater antitoxic power than that from healthy persons. In other alcoholic patients the antitoxic power was less than in this one, but still greater than normal. When the general