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January 1, 1927


JAMA. 1927;88(1):42-43. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680270042018

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Improvement in the Treatment of Epidemic Encephalitis and Parkinson's Disease  By means of intravenous injections of sodium salicylate, Carnot and Blamoutier have secured remarkable results in the acute period of epidemic encephalitis. The injections sometimes produce painful shock, although never causing serious accidents. Such injections affect the inner tunic of the vein and cause the vein to become blocked. Dr. René Bénard's simple modification, recently introduced, consists in administering sodium salicylate in a dextrose solution, following which neither shock nor reactions on the wall of the vein are observed. One of his assistants was able to apply sixty-three injections of this solution in the same vein. A slender needle must be employed, and, in puncturing the wall, laceration must be avoided. In introducing the needle, care must be taken to prevent the solution from adhering to its surface. It is sufficient to immerse the needle for a few seconds in

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