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December 4, 1886


JAMA. 1886;VII(23):642. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250120026013

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To the Editor of The Journal: 

Dear Sir:  —In The Journal of October 9, page 403, Dr. A. Y. P. Garnett has an article on the treatment of whooping cough by inhalations of muriate of cocaine, in which he says: "In order to procure it in a form sufficiently volatile to be readily vaporized, I selected chloroform as the solvent. A 6 per cent. solution of muriate of cocaine in chloroform was prepared, and 10 minims poured in a wineglass, made warm by tepid water, was placed under the patient's mouth, whilst the mother was instructed to keep the nostrils closed.... It was found by this means many of the paroxysms were arrested or materially cut short," etc.In reading the paper, the thought at once occurred to me that the relief was derived from the chloroform, the vapors of which pased off, leaving the cocaine. At my request Mr.

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