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August 16, 1919

TREATMENT OF INFLUENZA BY MEANS OTHER THAN VACCINES AND SERUMS

JAMA. 1919;73(7):482-487. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610330020007
Abstract

This brief paper will be essentially an expression of personal opinion as to the treatment of influenza by means other than serums or vaccines. This opinion is based on an experience with the disease in the epidemic of 1889 and 1890 and the years immediately following, as well as in the epidemic through which we have just passed. Experiences of other physicians, as revealed by personal communication and by observation of their practice, are also laid under contribution. Many articles on the subject have been read, but no claim is made that the enormous mass of literature that has resulted from the visitations of this serious disease has been carefully studied or thoroughly digested. The task would be both discouraging and unprofitable, because so many of these articles are the result of superficial observation and limited experience; so many ignore the fact of the self-limitation of the infection and its

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