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October 27, 1894

THERAPEUTIC ACTION OF POTASSIUM PERMANGANATE.Read in the Section on Materia Medica and Pharmacy, at the Forty-fifth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held at San Francisco, June 5-8, 1894.

Author Affiliations

MEMBEE CALIFORNIA STATE MEDICAL SOCIETY; SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY MEDICAL SOCIETY; AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION. SAN FRANCISCO, CAL.

JAMA. 1894;XXIII(17):630-631. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02421220002001a

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Abstract

In bringing this subject before the Section it is not the object or aim of this paper to consider the relative value of this salt, but to present a summary of how we stand in regard to the advantage which may be derived from the application of it to the cure of disease. Singleness of action in a drug is as valuable as singleness of purpose in a man. The profession has become tired of empiricism; it is anxious to know the pathology of disease, because its therapeutics can then become rational. Permanganate of potash is, as you all know, a dark purple prismatic crystal, freely soluble in water, forming a rich purple solution. It is often objected that permanganate of potash is so quickly decomposed on coming in contact with organic matter that its action is feeble and transitory; this objection can not be maintained, as in reality a

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