Today your child has about as much chance of contracting diphtheria as he does of being bitten by a cobra - Dr Robert Mendelsohn MD


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A Diphtheria Cure, 1894

Until the late 19th century, diphtheria was a gruesome killer with no known cause and many ineffective treatments. In 1874, The New-York Times printed an advertisement for a medicine that would cure not only diphtheria, but also corns, bunions and “pains in the loins and back.” The same year, a news article began, “There has been spreading for some time an idea or hypothesis among the more philosophic medical men, and among the thoughtful ‘laity,’ that many species of disease have their sources in, and are scattered by, seeds or germs.”

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