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Open Access The advent of serotherapy in Britain tracked by The Extra Pharmacopoeia, 1895-1920

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The introduction of antitoxins and the growth of serotherapy in Britain can be tracked by analysing successive editions of The Extra Pharmacopoeia of Martindale and Westcott. This study shows how the nature, dosing, use, benefits and side-effects of the principal products evolved between 1895 and 1920. No new serum products appeared after 1906, when novel therapeutic vaccines started to become popular, although the two types of preparation co-existed and were sometimes used in combination. Antitoxins and serums for both therapy and prophylaxis received a further boost because of the medical needs of the First World War.

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Publication date: June 1, 2019

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