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THE NEW YORK TIMES October 26, 1926 Page , Column
GIVE HOUDINI NEW SERUM
Doctors Try to Check PeritonitisEffects Appear GoodCrisis Ahead
Special to The New York Times.
DETROIT, Mich., Oct. 26A new serum perfected in a Detroit laboratory was used for the first time on Harry Houdini, the magician, to check peritonitis, after Houdinis operation for appendicitis on Monday in Grace Hospital, it was learned today.
A bulletin issued this evening signed by his physicians said the patient had passed a comfortable day, his condition was good, but the serious aspects of his illness had not yet changed. Temperature was 101, pulse 108 and respiration 38.
The physicians refused to discuss the serum, but its effects appear to be favorable, it was learned.
The crisis is not expected to be reached before Thursday night or Friday, and the doctors admit they cannot tell whether the magician will recover.
A statement issued during midday by four physicians said: Mr. Houdini reacted well from his operation. He passed a fairly comfortable night. His condition this morning is satisfactory but continues grave. The temperature is 102, pulse 116, respiration 38.
The physicians said the patients condition today was much better than they had anticipated after operating.
Dr. George L. Lefevre of Muskegon, Mich., a noted surgeon, arrived here tonight, having been summoned last night from Montreal.
Mrs. Houdini has been at her husbands bedside constantly since the operation.
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