Medicine: Flu Serum

Two cures of sickness no more signify an infallible remedy than do two swallow's make a summer. Nevertheless physicians were interested last week when Dr. Ronald Hare of London reported in the Lancet two cures of influenza pneumonia with serum prepared from human beings convalescing from influenza.

"Both cases," wrote Dr. Hare, "reacted in a very dramatic fashion." The first patient, a woman of 27, began to improve after two injections four hours apart. She slept well that night, received a third injection next day. Despite a tendency to run temperatures of 100°, she...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!