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March 22, 1890

LETTER FROM PARIS.

JAMA. 1890;XIV(12):428-430. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410120032009

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Abstract

(FROM OUR REGULAR CORRESPONDENT.)

Dr. Gautier on the Properties of Cod Liver Oil— Dr. Leudet on Phthisis—The Non-Operative Treatment of Anal Fistula—Cure of Intestinal Occlusion by Enemata of Sulphuric Ether.

At a recent meeting of the Academy of Medicine Dr. Gautier read a note on the properties of cod liver oil, and the following are the principal conclusions: 1. It is certain that it is not only to the alkaloids and to the morrhuic acids that the cod liver oil contains that is due its undeniable reparative activity. 2. It acts by its fatty substances, which are very easily assimilable, thanks to their slight acidity, to their partial saponification, and to the dissolution in the oil, to a certain quantity, of biliary matters, which render it extremely easy to form an emulsion, particularly when in contact with the ferments of the pancreas. These fatty substances, so easy of digestion, ready

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