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January 11, 1902

Official Control of Antitoxins and Vaccines.

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(2):118. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480020048014

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Chicago, Jan. 2, 1902.

To the Editor:  —The paper of Dr. Dock on "Smallpox and Vaccination" and the editorial comment thereon, "The Vaccination Question," in The Journal of December 21, following so closely the antitoxin episodes, suggests more forcibly than ever the necessity for some authoritative method of inspection and control of these remedial agents.As has been observed, in the absence of some form of supervision or restriction by the National Government on the manufacture and sale of these biologic products the medical profession through its National Association should take the initiative and provide some means whereby the absolute identity, purity and degree of potency of at least these delicate and variable organic preparations will be assured beyond peradventure.As is well known, the United States Pharmacopeia is now undergoing the eighth decennial Revision by a National Committee of Physicians, Chemists and Pharmacists. While this committee has recognized the

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