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May 19, 1906

Shock as a Curative Agent.

JAMA. 1906;XLVI(20):1544. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510470058018

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Chicago, May 12, 1906.

To the Editor:  The editorial on "Shock as a Curative Agent" in The Journal, May 12, p. 1444, recalls to me a ratner interesting and, I believe, unusual experience. Some years ago I was a passenger on a transatlantic liner which met with a mishap, so serious in character, that for nearly two days we expected to go down at any moment. On the evening preceding the accident only 12 of the 250 cabin passengers were down to dinner, one being detained by a recent attack of apoplexy, 237 by seasickness, more or less severe. On the following morning 249 of us assembled in the dining room and ate our breakfast with as much relish as our mental state permitted. The only absentee was the paralytic. The reverse side of the picture was represented by four cases of acute insanity and an acute exacerbation terminating in

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