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November 16, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(20):1323-1324. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470460037009

Serious results from the use of the diphtheric antitoxin in St. Louis are liable to do much harm through the use that will be made of them by those who are watching for a chance to fight the medical profession and by those who oppose serum therapy in general. That this is one of the avoidable accidents, it seems to us, can not be denied, although it is one of those peculiar cases in which it is hard to place the blame. Neither is the manufacture of antitoxin by the state or the municipality to be condemned on account of these results in St. Louis. While there is no blame to be attached to any one in particular, is it not possible that there has been a false economy on the part of authorities in utilizing broken-down horses of the police and fire departments and having them under charge of