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August 25, 1888


JAMA. 1888;XI(8):269-272. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400600017003

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Treatment of Anæmia in Children.  Dr. A. Jacobi says the medicinal treatment of anæmia must fulfil the causal indications first. That which depends upon chronic gastric catarrh requires, according to circumstances, alkalies or hydrochloric acid, pepsin, bismuth. Beside the well-known subcarbonate and subnitrate, the salicylate has made many friends of late, deservedly. Pepsin and dilute hydrochloric acid are best combined; a baby of a year may take six or eight drops of the latter in six or eight ounces of water daily, or the acid may be mixed with milk according to the formula given in a previous essay. Disease of the kidneys has its own indications. The regulation of the heart's action—which, when abnormal, is the most frequent cause of habitual epistaxis, and of gastric catarrh and hepatic congestion—is the first indication in secondary anæmia. Many a gastric catarrh will not get well without digitalis or some other

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