Adult Immune Serum in the Prophylaxis and Attenuation of Measles

Burnet, W. S (1935) Adult Immune Serum in the Prophylaxis and Attenuation of Measles. MD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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The value or adult immune serum both in the prophylaxis and attenuation of measles has not hitherto been definitely established. By 'adult serum' is meant the blood serum or adults who have passed through an attack of measles in childhood. The volume of research which has already been done in this field is small, and the conclusions derived by different observers are, to say the least, conflicting. In most of the previous enquiries uninoculated control cases have not been included and the value of the results is thus extremely difficult to estimate. Convalescent serum is of proven value in measles but its application is distinctly limited by the difficulty of securing adequate quantities, particularly at the beginning of an epidemic. The supply or adult serum is, on the other hand, almost unlimited and its employment eminently practicable; but its value must be placed beyond doubt before subjects will readily offer their blood in the cause, or public health authorities approve its use in the attempt to curtail measles morbidity and mortality. The present work is a contribution to the assessment of the true value or adult immune serum in measles, both as a prophylactic and as an attenuative, and it has been endeavoured also to present certain aspects of the subject which have not, up to the present, received attention.

Item Type: Thesis (MD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Medicine, Immunology
Date of Award: 1935
Depositing User: Enlighten Team
Unique ID: glathesis:1935-80046
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2020 10:03
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2020 10:03

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