November 18, 1893

BICHLORID OF MERCURY IN THE TREATMENT OF DIPHTHERIA.Read in the Section on Laryngology and Otology, at the Forty-fourth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association.

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JAMA. 1893;XXI(21):770. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420730020002h

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I wish to call attention to the treatment of diphtheria by the bichlorid of mercury, not that I regard it as a specific in the disease, for I am sure that all of us who have had much experience with this most treacherous malady will agree with me that there is no such thing as a specific for it. Various modes of treatment have been followed by me, and frequently with such success in different epidemics that I felt on several occasions I had found a cure, but each time my hopes were crushed by having the treatment fail entirely in the next series of cases which fell under my observation. I have made this statement so that all can see that I am not reviving this treatment, in the expectation of having it considered a "cure-all" for the disease, but simply because I believe that if the profession would

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