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To the Editor:
—In the American Journal of the Medical Sciences (15: 243, 1834) is the following note: "The Transactions médicales for February, 1833, contains an interesting article on this subject by Dr. Bourgeois. The physician having seen two apparently desperate phthisical patients relieved, without being submitted to any medical treatment, but who resided at a bleaching establishment near St. Denis, the atmosphere of which is impregnated with chlorin, was induced to form a similar atmosphere in the chambers of some young phthisical patients in the Royal School at St. Denis. This medication, though it did not cure these patients, ameliorated their condition, diminished their dyspnea, promoted sleep, gave them appetite, and destroyed the fetor of their sputa."
O'Malley A. USE OF CHLORIN IN RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS IN 1833. JAMA. 1924;83(5):376. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660050062027
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