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From Its Ravages No Child Was Safe

Clinically, the diagnosis of croup and diphtheria could not be separated, other than by autopsy, until the 1850's development of laryngoscopy. Prior to that time, anatomy and some physiology of speech and the prominence of the larynx with croup and diphtheria with strangulation and death was known. In this video, Dr. Pappas explores the writings, medicines, and instruments used in the treatment these diseases from the mid-1700s through the end of the 19th century when the diphtheria antitoxin was identified.

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