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January 11, 1902

Administration of Immunizing Serum by Mouth.

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(2):118-119. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480020048015

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St. Louis, Mo., Jan. 6, 1902.

To the Editor:  —I notice in The Journal of Jan. 4, 1902, an editorial headed: "The Administration of Immunizing Serum by Mouth," in which remarks in a little paper of mine published lately are commented upon in such an incorrect way that I can not refrain from asking you to insert this.You certainly glanced only superficially at my paper; otherwise you would have found that I did nothing but assert that a still greater number of tetanus cases would have occurred during the late accident had not the tetanus toxin containing diphtheria antitoxin been administered by the mouth; so that in some and the same family the diphtheria patient injected subcutaneously died of tetanus, while the other members of the family immunized by "taking the serum per os escaped." I fail altogether to see how you have arrived at the idea that I

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