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July 30, 1938

Protoformotherapy in Treatment and Prevention: Fifteen Years of Research on New Scientific Bases of Therapeutics

JAMA. 1938;111(5):474. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790310096040

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This book constitutes an enlargement of three lectures delivered by the author before the Egyptian Medical Association at the University of Cairo in March 1936 and originally published in the Journal of the Egyptian Medical Association. Despite the formidable title and a difficult style, Dr. Ischlondsky's contribution will well repay careful reading by interested clinicians and research workers, especially investigators in endocrinology. Though the author does not give a concise definition of "protoformotherapy," this term is apparently used to represent "stimulation of [the] natural protective capacities of the organism," "multispecific" therapy in contrast to symptomatic therapy. The treatment of symptoms the author considers to be "medical first aid." The investigations reported here refer especially to the use of extracts of embryonic tissue in the therapy of a variety of conditions, both experimental and clinical. This subject has been almost entirely neglected by other workers. Dr. Ischlondsky's interesting results indicate that

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