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February 27, 1915

THE INTRAVENOUS USE OF COLLOIDAL (GELATIN) SOLUTIONS IN SHOCK

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SAN FRANCISCO

JAMA. 1915;LXIV(9):721-726. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570350015004
Abstract

I. INTRODUCTION  Periodically in medical and surgical practice we are brought face to face with a series of signs and symptoms that are in essence the expression of an abnormally low blood pressure, and which, when sufficiently marked, serve to kill a patient.Not alone is the list of pathologic states in which a low blood pressure is observed very long, but the explanations given by different authors as to why the low blood pressure exists in any given state are very different. From a therapeutic point of view, however, this ground is held in common by all authors: They are agreed that a saving of life is intimately associated with, or rendered possible only by our success in raising the blood pressure, and keeping it up until such time as the patient himself succeeds in overcoming the conditions which are responsible for the low blood pressure.Simple as it

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