Although an excellent book on digitalis has recently been published1 and numerous papers have been written concerning the efficacy of various glucosides of digitalis,2 confusion still exists in the mind of the average practitioner as to the indications for the use of digitalis, the best method of its administration and the most efficient type of preparation to be used. Unfortunately, from time to time various articles with conflicting opinions as to the indications and contraindications for digitalis have appeared in the medical periodicals. Furthermore, the problem has been rendered more difficult by the more or less generalized change from the tincture to use of the powdered leaves in tablet, capsule or pill form, the introduction of the term cat unit3 in expressing biologic potency and dose and the pressure of salesmanship of the manufacturing drug firms as to the special merits of their respective preparations.
The purpose of the present
STROUD WD, VANDER VEER JB. A SIX YEAR STUDY OF THE CLINICAL EFFICACY OF VARIOUS DIGITALIS PREPARATIONSCLINICAL LECTURE AT ATLANTIC CITY SESSION. JAMA. 1937;109(22):1808–1812. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.92780480011010
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