September 21, 1907

Ivy Poisoning.

JAMA. 1907;XLIX(12):1042. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530120064016

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Fulda, Minn., Sept. 4, 1907.

To the Editor:  —An abstract of several articles on "Efficient Treatment of Ivy Poisoning" was published in The Journal, Aug. 31, 1907, page 789. Dr. Syme advises against the use of alcohol in this affection. I, on the contrary, have satisfied myself, after considerable experience with this affection, that no other remedy is so efficient if properly used.Many years ago Prof. Theo. G. Wormley, I believe, suggested the use of hyposulphite of soda. I, therefore, prescribe a 1 per cent, solution of this salt in 95 per cent, alcohol. When a patient with ivy poisoning comes to me within forty-eight hours after the eruption appears, I wash the affected part thoroughly and repeatedly with the above mixture, directing the patient to continue its use in the same manner every four hours. Following this plan, I have often cured these patients in two days. Severe

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