HC Deb 24 July 1913 vol 55 c2221

asked the President of the Local Government Board whether in his Report for the year 1911–12, Dr. F. R. Blaxall, bacteriologist for glycerinated calf lymph at the Government lymph establishment, announced that experiments have been made with carbolic acid, chloroform, and oil of cloves in the preparation of lymph; whether Dr. Blaxall states there is still much work to be done on the subject and further experiments are in progress; whether this denotes that the glycerinated calf lymph now in use is imperfect; and whether he will consider the advisability of suspending the issuing of lymph from the Government establishment, until a satisfactory virus has been obtained?


The answers to the first two parts of the question are in the affirmative. The experiments were not undertaken because the lymph which is now issued from the Government lymph establishment is imperfect, but for the purpose of ascertaining whether some more rapid method of preparing the lymph than that which is now adopted might be available.

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