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July 22, 1950

Interne Praxis: Diagnose, Differentialdiagnose und Therapic

JAMA. 1950;143(12):1125. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910470085036

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This volume by two well known clinicians of Vienna is intended as a textbook for students and for the general practitioner. The descriptions of a number of disease entities are limited and superficial, as is to be expected from a one volume opus. But it is in the treatment of various diseases that the authors are not up to date. For example, there is no mention of streptomycin or of paraaminosalicylic acid in the treatment of the various forms of tuberculosis. The authors are apparently not familiar with the remarkable therapeutic effect of 2,3-dimercaptopropanol (BAL) in oil in the treatment of metallic poisons. Treatment of epilepsy is limited to bromides; there is no mention of the newer drugs. Pulmonary abscess is treated with neoarsphenamine (neosalvarsan®), emetine hydrochloride and alcohol. It is only in the treatment of pneumonia that the authors mention the use of the various sulfonamides and of penicillin

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