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July 23, 1898

THE USE OF IRON AND OPIUM IN BRIGHT'S DISEASE.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(4):172-174. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450040022001b

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Abstract

For some time I have been rather anxious for an opportunity to relieve myself on the subject of the administration of iron in the treatment of Bright's disease, the more especially as I feel somewhat responsible for the present, as I regard it vicious practice of indiscriminate prescription of this drug in the disease referred to: for I am one of those who in times past have taught that iron is a remedy indicated in almost every case of Bright's disease. Thus on page 138 of my book on Bright's Disease published 17 years ago, I say, "It may be laid down as a rule to which there are few exceptions, that the continuous use of some one of the preparations of iron is indicated," the word continuous being underscored in the original. Again on page 186, in speaking of the treatment of chronic interstitial nephritis, I say of drugs,

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