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July 29, 1939

CONFERENCES ON THERAPY: THE USE OF ANTHELMINTICS

JAMA. 1939;113(5):410-415. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.72800300003011

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Abstract

Dr. Harry Gold: The conference this morning is on the subject of anthelmintics and the treatment of intestinal parasites. There are several varieties of intestinal worms and many anthelmintic agents. Chapters in textbooks on this subject, if they affect you as they do me, will often leave you with no clear idea what anthelmintics are most effective in the different forms of infestations. Evidence on these matters is very difficult to secure, and the impression is difficult to escape that the shift of interest from one anthelmintic agent to another is sometimes a matter of fashion. It is hoped that the discussion this morning will help to clarify some of the problems. Dr. Travell will begin the pharmacologic discussion.

Dr. Janet Travell: This is a list of the helminths which most commonly infest the human intestine, and which one may be called on to treat:

Cestodes or flatworms: 1. Tapeworms:

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