This is one of a series of articles written by eminent authorities for the purpose of extending information concerning the official medicines. The twenty-four articles in this series have been planned and developed through the cooperation of the U. S. Pharmacopeial Committee of Revision andThe Journal of the American Medical Association.—Ed.
Ergot and solution of posterior pituitary are the most important oxytocic drugs in the pharmacologic armamentarium. Their judicious use has been a boon to the practice of obstetrics. Properly used they are of inestimable value in the course of labor and the puerperium, often contributing directly or indirectly to the saving of human life. However, their indiscriminate use has led to disastrous results for mother and baby. In fact, many authorities have intimated that the undesirable consequences of the improper use of these oxytocic drugs have outweighed the good that they have accomplished. It is because of this
DAVIS ME. THE USE AND ABUSE OF ERGOT AND PITUITARY. JAMA. 1937;109(20):1631–1635. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.92780460006011
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