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—A few weeks since we published a brief communication from Dr. S. S. Todd, of Kansas City, Missouri, proposing to treat cases of epidemic cholera largely by injections of considerable quantities of whisky and water into the subcutaneous areolar tissues, with the expectation that it would be taken up fast enough to prevent the blood from becoming too much exhausted of its water and saline elements by the copious gastric and intestinal evacuations which accompany the active stage of the disease.
In the present number we give place to a letter from Dr. Uhler, of Baltimore, touching the same subject. He commends the object sought to be accomplished by Dr. Todd, but thinks that the direct injection, by large hypodermic syringe, of sufficient fluid for the purpose, would rupture the subcutaneous areolar tissue and lead to extensive suppuration. To obviate this he suggests a method by which the fluid could
Treatment of Epidemic Cholera by Large Hypodermic Injections or Infiltrations.. JAMA. 1884;III(8):217. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390570021003