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During the past two and a half years I have used, exclusively, in the treatment of diphtheria, the bichloride of mercury in large and frequent doses. My attention was called to its use by reading the address dress of Dr. Wm. Pepper, chairman of the Section of Practical Medicine, before the American Medical Association for the year 1881. The statements therein made interested me to such an extent that, having on hand two cases of this disease of a malignant form, I determined to try its efficacy.
Up to this time I had found (as who has not?) true diphtheria one of the most fatal forms of disease that could be encountered. I had used the usual remedies, so far as I could observe without any effect upon the progress of the disease, and had arrived at the conclusion that in the worst forms of the disease the patient would
REECE M. BI-CHLORIDE OF MERCURY IN DIPHTHERIA.. JAMA. 1883;I(20):590–591. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390200014001c