from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The treatment of disease with the serum of animals which have been immunized against the specific organisms, or their products, to which the disease is supposedly referable. See
immunity, 5, and serum diagnosis.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Med.) The treatment of disease by the injection of blood serum from immune animals.
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That the system of HAHNEMANN (1755 -- 1843), the founder of homoeopathy, is free from error could be scarcely maintained, but certain recent discoveries in connection with serum-therapy appear to indicate that the last word has not yet been said on the subject, and the formula "like cures like" may still have another lease of life to run.
Physicians from all over the world flocked to Paris to learn the details of the open secret, and within a few months the new serum-therapy had an acknowledged standing with the medical profession everywhere.
Calmette, another graduate of the Pasteur Institute, has extended the range of the serum-therapy to include the prevention and treatment of poisoning by venoms, and has developed an antitoxine that has already given immunity from the lethal effects of snake bites to thousands of persons in India and Australia.
Among the new subjects introduced are the surgical treatment of puerperal sepsis, infant mortality, placental transmission of diseases, serum-therapy of puerperal sepsis, etc.
This cultivation of a virus within the animal organism suggested, no doubt, by the familiar Jennerian method of securing small-pox vaccine, was at the same time a step in the direction of a new therapeutic procedure which was destined presently to become of all-absorbing importance -- the method, namely, of so-called serum-therapy, or the treatment of a disease with the blood serum of an animal that has been subjected to protective inoculation against that disease.
- vi - antitoxine, p. 241 -- The paper of Dr. Roux read before the Congress of Hygeine at Buda-Pesth, p. 242 -- The establishment of serum-therapy, p. 243.