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October 29, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(18):1036-1038. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450180030001l

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It is not the purpose of this paper to lecture upon diphtheria and its treatment before this assembly of eminent physicians nor to enter into any detailed bacteriologic study which would perhaps be only an incomplete reiteration of principles thoroughly known, discovered and taught by some of the other members present; but merely to base my remarks upon conclusions drawn from an impartial observation covering an experience of seven years, which, as has been my good fortune, has been much larger than one would naturally expect for that short space of time. As to conclusions, it must be remembered that experiences vary with different observers; depending 1, upon the virulence of the epidemic, and 2, upon the mode of treatment. A third item may also be mentioned, as it plays an important rôle in deductions made in this article, and that is the susceptibility and resisting powers of certain classes

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