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October 11, 1890

ON THE MEDICAL TREATMENT OF DIPHTHERIA.Read in the Section of Laryngology and Otology at the Forty-first Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, Nashville, Tenn., May, 1890.

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OF PITTSBURGH, PA.

JAMA. 1890;XV(15):534-536. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410410014001f

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Abstract

Much has been taught of late years, yet little of practical value learned, of the more successful medical treatment of diphtheria. This fact is witnessed by the continued high death-rate. And yet it is still to the medical and not the surgical treatment that the patient must hopefully look for salvation, since, at best, the surgical aspect of intubation and tracheotomy, though valuable aids in the easement of patients, are employed as a last resort in cases that have become desperate and imminently dangerous to life.

I have no intention of attempting to tell you anything new as to the medical treatment of diphtheria, but you will pardon me if I undertake to draw your attention again to a well-tried plan of treatment which I had the honor of bringing to the notice of the profession in a paper entitled "The Simplest and Most Efficient Treatment of Diphtheria," which I

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