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THE BACILLUS-CALMETTE-GUERIN TRAGEDY IN LÜBECK

Ann Intern Med. 1930;4(2):190-192. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-4-2-190
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On the 27th day of July, 1929, Calmette sent a culture of the BCG-strain, Number 734, to Obermedizinalrat Dr. Altstaedt, Director of the Lü beck Gesundheitamt. With this same culture 573 children had been inoculated in France without apparent harm; and parallel cultures had been sent to Mexico and Riga and nothing unfavorable heard from them. In Lübeck the preparations for organization for a campaign in favor of inoculation with this culture, in the way of propaganda, lectures to physicians, instruction of midwives, etc., extended to February, 1930. In the meantime the culture was kept in the laboratory of Prof.

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