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July 10, 1926


JAMA. 1926;87(2):112. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680020040020

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Magnesium Sulphate in the Treatment of Eclampsia  Dr. A. de Moraes has reported before the Medical and Surgical Society some cases of eclampsia treated with intravenous injections of from 10 to 20 per cent magnesium sulphate solution. While such a small series does not justify drawing definite conclusions, there seems to be no question as to the value of the method for controlling the convulsions. Lazard in his first cases used, in addition to magnesium sulphate, bleeding, gastric lavage, glucose solution and morphine, but afterward depended exclusively on magnesium sulphate. Moraes did not have any mishap among his cases, but had always calcium chloride on hand, to block any possible respiratory paralysis. The disappearance of the edema is very striking, as well as the recovery from the torpor, and even coma. Among Moraes' eight cases, there were three deaths. One was in the first patient treated with the new method

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