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May 21, 1887

WHY DOES BERGEON'S METHOD NOT MEET WITH BETTER SUCCESS IN THIS COUNTRY?

JAMA. 1887;VIII(21):574-575. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391460014004

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Abstract

The American physician is essentially a practitioner of medicine, a therapeutist, a healer of the sick. He is inclined to rush at every new thing in therapeutics like a bull at a red rag. This has its advantages, to be sure; but it has also its drawbacks, as is amply illustrated by the experience of the last two months with regard to M. Bergeon's method of dealing with consumption. Gas bags and wash-bottles have hardly been produced rapidly enough to supply the demand. Mineral springs throughout the country have been called upon to furnish sulphuretted hydrogen. The press has published absurdly extravagant accounts of the marvellous cures being thus effected. The wildest hopes have been entertained by the profession and laity alike, and ill-judged, premature statements uttered.

Such has been the status of affairs until very recently. Now, however, there are signs of the reaction having already set in. In

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