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January 14, 1888

LETTER FROM LONDON.

JAMA. 1888;X(2):61-62. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400280029008

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Abstract

(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.)

Hydrofluoric Acid in Phthisis—Cause and Prevention of London Fogs—Cow-pox in England—Prevention of Pollution of Rivers by Soap and Other Works —Multiple Sarcoma with Osteitis Deformans.

Hydrofluoric acid is spoken hopefully of as a new treatment for the cure of phthisis. The patient passes one hour out of the twenty-four in a room of the capacity of six cubic metres, into which a current of air is pumped which first passes through a fluid composed of 100 grams of hydrochloric acid and 300 grams of distilled water. The proportion of hydrofluoric acid taken up in the cold under such circumstances would vary greatly with the bulk pressure and velocity of the air current, but would in no case be large, owing to the great attraction of this acid for water. It is, however, stated that this treatment alters the cough immediately, quickly diminishing it, and occasioning its

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