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June 24, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXII(25):1454. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450520052016

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The fame of American medicine, both human and comparative, is spreading abroad. Almost simultaneously, from such widely-separated parts of the British earth as South Africa and Australia, come reports of experience with Texas fever, corroborating and indeed based on the discoveries, as to its cause and nature, of the experts of our department of agriculture, notably those of Prof. Theobald Smith, now of Harvard Medical. Indeed, his discovery of its means of spread, which had long been a puzzle, seems likely to give it its permanent name, "tick-fever." Both Drs. Edington of the Cape and Tidwell of New South Wales report most encouraging results already from protective inoculations with the serum of "salted" or recovered animals. The immunity attained is marked. the only drawback being that the mortality from the inoculations is as yet rather high, reaching in some of the Cape series the appalling figure of 17 per cent.,

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