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November 14, 1903

Dosage of Carbolic Acid.

JAMA. 1903;XLI(20):1217. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490390041012

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New Orleans, La., Nov. 2, 1903.

To the Editor:  —In an editorial in The Journal, October 31, you express surprise at the possibility of administering carbolic acid in more than 7-drop doses without grave results. I, too, had been taught to regard the internal administration of carbolic acid as a dangerous procedure until I became a surgeon in the British African service in 1893, where I learned that 15-drop doses often repeated afforded the best cure for the diarrhea and dysentery so prevalent and fatal along the west coast of Africa.

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