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June 24, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLIV(25):1990. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500520018005

Although an enormous amount of work has been done in the field of serum therapy, up to the present time practically nothing has been accomplished in the treatment of diseases other than those having a microbic origin. When we consider the work and the time spent in the study of specific sera with all their related problems and the enormous accumulation of facts with extremely complex theories to explain them, we need not be surprised if occasionally the practicing physician who cannot possibly keep up with all of the advances made in this field should utter a word of protest and call for more results which may be of use to him in a practical way. It is with interest, therefore, that the attention of the profession is directed to some very important results obtained by Widal and Rostaine1 by directly applying certain facts observed in the study of