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June 1930


Author Affiliations

Durham, N. C.

Am J Dis Child. 1930;39(6):1303. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1930.01930180153018

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To the Editor:—I was much interested in reading Dr. Sidney P. Schwartz and Dr. John B. Schwedel's article entitled "Digitalis Studies on Children with Heart Disease," which appeared on pages 298 to 315 of the February number of the American Journal of Diseases of Children. The conclusion that "nausea and vomiting cannot be used as criteria in estimating the optimal therapeutic dose of digitalis for children with chronic rheumatic valvular heart disease and signs of heart failure" reminds me of the negro convict's lawyer who told his client that he could not be arrested for the crime with which he was charged. The negro replied, "That may be so, boss, but here I is." The studies which A. W. Jacobsen and I made four years ago (Am. J. Dis. Child. 32:373 [Sept.] 1926) demonstrated that nausea and vomiting not only could be but were used successfully as criteria

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