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April 22, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXII(16):887-888. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450430041015

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Not long since, the lay papers were publishing, as a great advance in therapeutics, the statement that a serum cure had been discovered for pneumonia. It is not so generally known that more or less successful experiments in this line have been carried on for several years past, notably by Pane of Naples, whose publications are, in part, to be found in files of the Centralblatt für Bacteriologie for 1897 and 1898. In the present issue of the Journal there is noted an article in the Lancet by Drs. J. W. Eyre and J. W. Washbourn, in which they refer to a former paper, giving an account of two cases of pneumonia successfully treated with antipneumococcic serum obtained from a pony, and, as they say, still other cases have been reported in the journals. In this, their latest paper, they give results of experiments on rabbits with Pane's serum used

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