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April 3, 1926


JAMA. 1926;86(14):1085-1086. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670400095021

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Effects of Dry Cupping  Recently, Dr. Jules Droin, at the Medical Clinic of the University of Geneva, investigated the effect of dry cupping on the leukocyte count and on the arterial pressure. His results have not yet been published. Of Droin's twenty cases, 65 per cent developed a leukopenia apparently due to the action of cupping; in 10 per cent the leukocytes decreased before the application of the cups; in 10 per cent there was a leukocytosis throughout the application, followed usually by a slight decrease in number. In 15 per cent no conclusions could be drawn, as the oscillations in the number of leukocytes were either insufficient or else offered no apparent relation to the action of the cupping. These results throw a new light on the contradictory results obtained by other observers. Fleury's white hypoglobulia probably is merely the leukopenia of shock, and the hyperphagocytosis of the Italian

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