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November 1922


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Arch Derm Syphilol. 1922;6(5):576-583. doi:10.1001/archderm.1922.02360050049004

One has only to turn back the pages of history to be reminded of the enthusiasm with which new inventions and remedies for the treatment of diseases have been hailed. Later, they have either been relegated to oblivion or have found their level in the treatment of a few conditions and often in a few selected cases. The roentgen ray is one of the best exemplifications of this, and the vaccines which were employed for every known ill from eczema to ingrowing toenails are a very close second.

It is equally true that, when an epidemic of disease sweeps the country, possibly becoming pandemic, there is always a certain amount of hysteria associated with it; as, for instance, there have been for the past several years epidemics of influenza; and every one who has a cold, no matter what the type, situation or degree, looks on it as a grip

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