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April 19, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(16):1008. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480160030002

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The time is long past when there could be any difference of opinion as to the utility of the antitoxin in the treatment and in the prevention of diphtheria and, at the present day, after abundant time has elapsed for the enthusiasm aroused by an important innovation to subside, it may be accepted as the deliberate judgment of the medical profession that the discovery of the antitoxin of diphtheria must rank with that of anesthesia and that of vaccination as among the most beneficent in the history of medicine. Statistical evidence to this effect has been forthcoming in overwhelmingly convincing amount and it would appear almost superfluous to add thereto. Nevertheless, the results of a study of the cases of diphtheria treated in the municipal hospital of Mühlhausen, a small manufacturing city of Germany, both before and since the introduction of the antitoxin are not without interest. Thus, the percentage

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