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August 12, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(7):421-422. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450590051018

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Whether or not, as a rule it is advisable or beneficent to try to enlighten the public on medical subjects, for the reason that it always seems to be able to misconstrue, there certainly can be no objection on this account to the publication of such a paper as that on "Antitoxin in the Prevention and the Treatment of Disease," contributed by Dr. J. J. Kinyoun of Washington, to the current number of the Forum. While written for lay readers, the paper is strictly scientific and is a fair and plain statement of the subject. The author briefly explains immunity, and the methods of producing it, and outlines historically the gradual development of the method of treating certain diseases "by curative substances derived from bacteria," which had its inception in the discoveries of Pasteur. His statement of the question of the curability of diphtheria by antitoxin is most convincing, and

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