Journal of Bioethical Inquiry

, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 19–22 | Cite as

A Critical View of “On TB Vaccines, Patients’ Demands, and Modern Printed Media in Times of Biomedical Uncertainties: Buenos Aires, 1920–1950”

  • Estela B. Quiñones
  • Lucas Goldin
  • Inés M. I. Bignone
  • Roberto A. Diez
Critical Response


The putative Pueyo’s vaccine was a commercial venture that obtained marketing authorization in 1946, a turbulent period of Argentine history. After a few months, health authorities withdrew financial support from the state to buy the vaccine and required patients to sign a written consent to receive that product. An independent investigation did not find any evidence of benefit in non-clinical and clinical evaluation of the putative vaccine.


Tuberculosis Quackery Pueyo’s vaccine Effective treatment Informed consent Financial support 



Presented as an abstract at the 45th congress of the International Society for the History of Medicine, held in Buenos Aires, September 5–9, 2016. The authors declare no conflict of interest related to this research. Partial financial support from Fundación CONAMED.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sección Historia de los Medicamentos, Department of Pharmacology, School of MedicineUniversity of Buenos AiresBuenos AiresArgentina

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