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June 20, 1896

A Nameless Secret Remedy.

JAMA. 1896;XXVI(25):1237. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430770039013

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Chicago, June 12, 1896.

To the Editor:  —In the June 6, 1896, number of the Journal of the American Medical Association, the agent of an Iowa secret remedy for diphtheria states that Dr. Matter and the consulting physician had pronounced a patient suffering from pneumonia beyond recovery, and that the life of this patient had been saved by the nostrum which he advertises.As I was the consultant in question, I wish to state that neither Dr. Matter nor myself had pronounced the patient beyond recovery, but merely pointed out the doubtfulness of the prognosis in view of the advanced age of the patient and of the severity of the infection. This is a precaution which no responsible physician will ever omit, and requires no justification. The patient's recovery was such as we see constantly in practice, in illustration of the ability of the human organism to recover from serious

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