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July 30, 1898

Human Serum in Yellow Fever.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(5):252. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450050050013

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Atlanta, Ga.

To the Editor:  —During the Yellow fever epidemic of 1897, while regretting that Sanarelli had not been able to put out his serum for the treatment of this disease, the thought occurred to me that the blood of a person having had the disease should answer all the purposes as well as the serum prepared by the tedious process through animals. It would be a simple matter to take blood from the vein of an immune, preferably one recently recovered from the disease, and immediately inject it into the patient affected or one to be protected. It would certainly be as safe as to use serum prepared through animals, which is bottled and kept some time before using, and I believe, would be fully as effective.I made this suggestion to the Boards of Health of New Orleans, Mobile and Montgomery, but it was late in the epidemic

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