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January 12, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(2):143-144. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02520280055006

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In discussing the reported presence of a large number of cases of a gastric form of influenza in London, an editorial writer in the New York Herald, December 31, ventures to outline the treatment for this form of the disease. His suggestions include the use of certain drugs, some of which are extremely depressing, and yet he gives not only the names, but the doses that should be used. This is the sort of editorial that is likely to be widely copied. With what can not but seem imprudence, considering the serious character of the malady he is discussing, the editorial writer says:

"Antipyrin and pyramidon are also much used. In a general way pyramidon is preferable to antipyrin, the latter being too depressing in its action. The best thing to do in those forms in which the fever rises a great deal is to take, once or twice a

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