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November 1937


Author Affiliations

From the Pediatric Department of the University of California and the Children's Hospital.

Am J Dis Child. 1937;54(5):973-978. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1937.01980050003001

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A multiplicity of new methods have been introduced into the medical practice of the present generation. This is a natural result of advances in the science of medicine but is especially a concomitant of progress in other fields, e. g., transportation, communication and industry, whereby the marvels of the laboratory have rapidly passed into everyday practice. Medical marvels have ever a credulous reception; it is not surprising that much hasty translation of experimental results into clinical practice has been seen.

The pediatrician is confronted especially by numerous new methods of active immunization which commend themselves to him by virtue of scientific authority or by weight of popular propaganda. It is essential that he examine separately each method proposed and that his knowledge be adequate regarding both the theory and the results of clinical trial under experimental conditions before he proceeds with attempts at universal or even widespread immunization. Judgment must

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