Last April I had the honor of reading before the Georgetown Medical Society a paper with the above title, which was an attempt to refute the following therapeutic delusions: (1) that olive-oil will dissolve gall-stones; (2) that valerian is valuable in hysteria; (3) that tannic acid will stop internal hemorrhage; (4) that alcohol and ether hypodermically injected are indicated in shock and collapse; (5) that colchicum cures gout; (6) that the anilin dyes are tissue antiseptics; (7) that epinephrin given by the stomach or hypodermically acts as a heart stimulant; (8) that potassium iodid will affect the scleroses; (9) that chlorate of potassium will curestomatitis; (10) that the hypophosphites and phosphates are beneficial in neurasthenic and adynamic states; (11) that lithium salts are indicated in the uric acid diathesis; and (12) that calcium salts will stop internal bleeding.
The article was published,1 and to my great surprise it attracted
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