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December 10, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(24):1398-1400. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450240013002c

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The American medical world has shown itself easily affected, as a rule, by the current of events, medical and surgical, in Europe. The experiments of Koch with tuberculin, of Klebs, Loeffler and Roux with antitoxin, and the various suggestions with reference to organic extracts—cerebral, testicular, thyroid, etc.—that have crossed the Atlantic have received a ready attention, in some cases developing into a wave of enthusiasm, and have found practical recognition in employment by many of our progressive medical brethren. I would refer merely to the disappointment that some have experienced in applying these more or less authoritative procedures, and remark en passant, that the wisest of us are subject to mistake occasionally through the very earnestness of our desire to wrest from old Mors one at least of his dreaded instrumentalities for human decimation.

In view of the readiness of the American profession to entertain foreign advice in

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