National Geographic : 1931 Nov
The Conquest of Diphtheria The mother of other days, even with unbounded devotion, was unable to guard against diphtheria. Happy is the mother of today who knows that her child will never have diphtheria after she has had him properly inoculated against it. GJORTY years ago in this country the annual deathrate from diph theria was x11out of every 1oo,ooo persons. Last year fewer than six in every 1oo,ooo died from this disease. But while one may rejoice in the fact that the dreaded scourge of earlier days is now only one-twentieth as destruc tive as in years gone by, yet last year in this country there were nearly 7,000 deaths from diphtheria, practically all of which could have been prevented by timely inoculation of toxin-antitoxin or toxoid. The complete conquest of diphtheria has been blocked year after year by misinformed though well-meaning objectors to inoculation. (331 N. L.I.CO. Progress has been further hampered by easy-going, optimistic folk who refuse to consider the possibility of tragedy. Science's sweeping conquest of diph theria will not be complete until all parents have had their children safe guarded against diphtheria. This can be done by any reputable physician. Every child should be inoculated, pref erably when but a six months old baby, because more than half of all deaths from diphtheria occur among children between the ages of six months and five years. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company will gladly mail, free, its booklet "Diphtheria is Preventable." Address Booklet Department II31-N. METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY FREDERICK H. ECKER, PRESIDENT ,- C, ONE MADISON AVE., NEW YORK, N.Y. "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."