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April 17, 1948

RECENT ADVANCES IN TREATMENT OF PULMONARY DISEASE

JAMA. 1948;136(16):1062. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890330052022

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Abstract

To the Editor:  In the January 31 issue of THE JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, page 311, the article by James Waring, M.D., on Recent Advances in the Treatment of Pulmonary Disease presents a confusing contradiction of ideas in regard to the therapy of tuberculosis with streptomycin.In an early paragraph it is stated that "the most experienced men say that they have seen no patient who regretted taking the drug and no patient to whom they regretted giving the drug." Despite this statement, the remainder of the article is filled with warnings against the use of streptomycin. The author also mentions "complete paralysis of both lower extremities with paralysis of bladder and bowels" following intrathecal administration of streptomycin. Dr. Waring further states that some experts "are hopeful that one way or another damage to the vestibular branch of the eighth nerve can be avoided or minimized."In discussing

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