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June 13, 1891

LETTER FROM NEW YORK.

JAMA. 1891;XVI(24):863-864. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410760035008

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Abstract

(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.)

The recent annual meeting (its seventh) of the Fifth District Branch of the New York State Medical Association was one of the best attended and most attractive that it has yet held, and its varied scientific proceedings were of a high order. The President, Dr. Stephen Smith, took for the subject of his address "Opiates in the Treatment of Acute Peritonitis," and it was devoted principally to a detailed and graphic account of the introduction into Bellevue Hospital, by the late Prof. Alonzo Clark, of the opium treatment of puerperal peritonitis. In the course of it he quoted the following passage from Dr. Clark's description of the outbreak of puerperal fever at Bellevue in the year 1851. "In three or four days seven cases were sent me from the lying-in wards. One was returned for error in diagnosis, and six put under treatment. Having proved that

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