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March 10, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(10):629-630. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460100051019

While there can be no doubt of the therapeutic utility of the antitoxin in the treatment of diphtheria, this specific remedy is susceptible of still more extensive use than it has as yet been submitted to. Although the preparation is a comparatively expensive one, this fact should weigh lightly against its life-saving properties, and in many large cities even the poorest need not want for it, as it can be secured gratuitously from public laboratories for use in needy cases. The time has come when failure to use the antitoxin in the treatment of diphtheria must be considered no less malpractice than omission to practice vaccination as a prophylactic against smallpox, to use mercury and iodin in the treatment of syphilis, quinin in the treatment of malaria, salicylates in the treatment of rheumatism and atropin in the treatment of opium poisoning. The successful results reported from all parts of the