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February 9, 1929


JAMA. 1929;92(6):489-490. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02700320059025

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Criteria for Use of Arsphenamine Preparations  The council of the federal public health service has set up new criteria for the use of arsphenamine preparations. Before treatment is begun, the patient should be carefully questioned concerning his former illnesses and as to his present state of health. Likewise, a careful examination (heart, urine) should be made.During acute disturbances of health, though of a mild nature ("cold," sore throat, indigestion), injections of arsphenamine preparations should be given with great caution and only under especially important indications. In disturbances of a more severe nature, arsphenamine preparations should be entirely omitted; likewise, in the case of persons who did not tolerate well the last injection of arsphenamine and are still suffering from its effects. Injections of arsphenamine should not be given on an empty stomach or after a heavy meal.Especial care in the use of arsphenamine preparations is necessary also in

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