The Problem of Diphtheria in the Province of Quebec: 1894-1909
AbstractDiphtheria was the object of one of the more important successes in bacteriological diagnosis and therapy. Quebec medical authorities confronted diphtheria as part of the new public health movement. The authors examine the problems associated with the transfer of laboratory techniques and concepts to the larger social world of medical and public health practice. The years from 1894 to 1909 can be characterized as a period of relative failure with respect to the control of diphtheria, despite the fact that laboratory control of diphtheria and its toxin was more advanced than for any other contagious disease.