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For the past five years the use of antitoxin has been a routine measure in the treatment of erysipelas at Bellevue Hospital. During this period, 3,311 patients have been treated. Of this number, 1,944 were men, 1,047 were women, and 320 were children.
There is one point that we wish to emphasize at the outset, namely, that the possible value of the antitoxin over other methods of treatment was approached with an open mind. One of us (Lewis) had the opportunity of treating erysipelas at Bellevue Hospital with a great many local remedies for a period of five years before the antitoxin of erysipelas was introduced. The results with the older methods were uniformly unsatisfactory. No matter what local remedies were used, there was no change in any way in the course of the disease. With the use of antitoxin, however, we began to obtain results that could not fail
SYMMERS D, LEWIS KM. THE ANTITOXIN TREATMENT OF ERYSIPELAS: FURTHER OBSERVATIONS. JAMA. 1932;99(13):1082–1083. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740650040010
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