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March 26, 1892

A CLAIM OF PRIORITY. ATTEMPT TO COMMUNICATE ARTIFICIAL IMMUNITY.

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OF NEW YORK.

JAMA. 1892;XVIII(13):381. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411170007001a

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Abstract

The following paragraph appeared in the Medical Record (N. Y.), Nov. 14th, 1891:

"Various attempts have been made by Richet and Verneuil, to transmit to man the exemption from tuberculosis, by injecting the blood of animals exempt, or supposed to be so, for instance, dogs and goats. Following out this same order of ideas, Dr. Bordier now proposes to transfuse the blood of indigenous negroes into non-acclimated whites, who intend to live in tropical countries, as a prophylaxis against yellow fever. It is not said that this proposition has been followed by any practical experiment."

This proposition of Dr. Bordier, that is, a similar and more comprehensive one, was made by me in an article which appeared in the Medical Record (N. Y.), Jan. 10th, 1891. It was entitled, "Racial Immunity and Inoculation." I proposed in it to transfer immunity, not from animal to man, but from man to man.

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