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May 24, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XIV(21):762. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410210026005

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The investigations of Bourneville, Goubert and others respecting the use of the bromide of gold in epilepsy, have been supplemented by experiments with the same substance in other nervous affections. Two Russian physicians, Rozenbach and Merzheevski, have employed it in a number of intractable cases of hysteria. The Lancet, April 19, summarizes from a recent issue of The Vrach their results with comments as to its usefulness in a certain range of cases in which the bromide of potassium had failed. The doses, at the outset, were ¼ of a grain, afterwards increased to ½ and higher. Under its influence, the attacks became milder and shorter, with increasing intervals between them; the only untoward effect reported was a moderate anæsthesia of the mouth, The drug is readily soluble in water, and keeps well if not exposed to a strong light. The drug is not an extravagantly expensive one, as the

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