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May 27, 1893


JAMA. 1893;XX(21):594. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420480022012

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In the Lancet, March 18, Dr. John Keay, superintendent of the Mavisbank Asylum, Edinburgh, reports favorably concerning the hypnotic action of this compound in cases of melancholia and similar mental states. The effects produced by the drug are like those obtained from paraldehyde in combination with a bromide. He has generally given one ounce of the solution at bedtime, each ounce containing thirty grains each of chloralamide and potassium bromide. If there is much excitement he has given as much as two ounces of the solution, without untoward effects. He has not found the drug suitable as a sedative in the excitement of epilepsy, mania or general paralysis.

The term "chlorobrom" is one of those arbitrary drug names that have the sound of giving to a mere mixture the dignity that pertains to a definite chemical product. Professor M. Charteris, of the University of Glasgow, is said to have invented

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