Medicine: Arthus Phenomenon

The death of a five-year-old child a year ago last week was momentous to Medicine. She proved in drastic fashion that serums can sometimes be extremely dangerous. Although the history of her case was certain to scare readers, it was important as a warning as to how Medicine's serological tools must be used. So last week the Journal of the American Medical Association gave the child's doctors (Isidor Harrison Tumpeer, Abe Matheson and David C. Straus) space for their report.

When the child was one year old, she received toxin-antitoxin against diphtheria. The...

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