Some Interesting Statistics

In view of the vast amount of publicity that within the past half-decade has been handed out by word of mouth and through the press as to the necessity for and the value of preventive medicine in general and the antitoxin treatment in particular, it is interesting to read certain authentic statistics which throw light upon the actual workings of this much-vaunted phase of medical practice. We quote from a news item in the New York World as follows:—

A special inquiry by the department of health shows that the discovery and wide-spread use of diphtheria antitoxin since 1907 has not materially reduced either the prevalence of the disease or the percentage of deaths, particularly in the last five years.

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Enlarged Patriotism
July 1, 1916

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