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REDUCTION IN MORTALITY IN DIPHTHERIA IN AUSTRALIA DUE TO USE OF ANTITOXIN.

JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(19):1201. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460190051015.
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We have had so much to say on the subject of the treatment of diphtheria with the antitoxin that we hesitate to reiterate our position in this connection, but we feel that the truth can not be too securely driven home and that even yet some lives are needlessly lost that antitoxin could save. Statistics—the brute force of figures —and personal experience alike testify most eloquently to the efficacy of this method of treatment, and the saving of life thereby accomplished must forever stand as a monument to the scientific acumen and the unselfish devotion of a profession always distinguished by high motives and noble ideals. Some additional statistics of an interesting character in this connection are presented in a recent communication by Turner,1 who reports the results of a study of the mortality from diphtheria in the three principal Australian colonies, Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, for

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