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July 12, 1941

Tuberculinothérapie dans les névralgies faciales idiopathiques et certaines affections essentielles. Investigation clinique

JAMA. 1941;117(2):155-156. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820280077030

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The author calls attention to the seriousness of facial neuralgia and how physicians have often resorted to such treatment as injections of the nerves with alcohol and the administration of morphine, and how suicide has not been uncommon among persons suffering from this condition. Dr. Charlin is of the opinion that idiopathic facial neuralgias are frequently due to tuberculosis. He was led to this belief because he found that 95 per cent of the patients were reactors to tuberculin. He is convinced that the toxins of tubercle bacilli have a special affinity for the terminations of nerves of the face; therefore he has treated a number of patients with injections of tuberculin or the antigen of Nègre, and good results are reported. Various nerves of the face are described in detail, and the author points out the importance of attempting to determine the underlying cause of facial neuralgia before any

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