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December 22, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(25):1635. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460510043012

As we mentioned in our editorial columns,1 the newspapers recently discovered a new specific for pulmonary tuberculosis, but, unfortunately, reportorial judgment in this instance was in error, while if the published doses had been administered the mortality would have been not inconsiderably increased. The fact is that the recommendation made in a medical journal of a line of treatment that had proved successful in the hands of competent observers was jumped at by the enterprising, but not equally discriminating, reporter as the exploitation of a specific. Dr. Adolf Hoff,2 one of the assistants at the clinic of Professor Stoffella, of Vienna, described the plan of treatment pursued with outpatients suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis. The fundamental formula is as follows:

Boil and make a perfect solution. Then add:

Make a solution and Alter. Dose: 6 drops after the midday and the evening meal, gradually increased to 22 drops. In addition