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October 11, 1919

POPULARIZING A QUININ FORMULA FOR THE TREATMENT OF MALARIAL FEVER

JAMA. 1919;73(15):1119-1121. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610410021006
Abstract

In the treatment of malarial fevers, the public health officer has seen cause for despairing of obtaining a complete cure. The cooperation of physician and patient in quinin administration seems impossible to secure; yet without this essential, shotgun therapeutics on the part of the physician, and self-medication on the part of the patient are the inevitable results. Still, for some reason, in face of criminal indifference in this regard, malarial fevers are undoubtedly being reduced in severity and in incidence.

The greatest dereliction consists in the insufficiency of the dosage of quinin and the aborted length of treatment. In various hospitals, and in private practice through the malarious districts of the South, the system of quinin treatment varies not so much in proportion to the needs of the individual patient as according to the individual tastes of the medical officer or family physician. In the main, the popular dosage (applied

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