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February 25, 1956


JAMA. 1956;160(8):694-702. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960430084021


Chemotherapy.—  At the meeting of the Austrian Congress of Physicians held in Salzburg in 1955, O. Schaumann of Innsbruck stated that in drug therapy undesirable side-effects should be expected in a small proportion of patients. Primary effects and side-effects increase as the dose increases. Martini of Bonn, Germany, emphasized that it is essential to know the conditions under which undesirable side-effects occur and to know whether the limits of safety have been approached. Familiarity with antidotes is important. Siedek of Vienna stated that dermatomycoses must be cured before penicillin is given. Gorlitzer-Mundy stated that septic processes are likely to occur after the administration of cortisone, and he advises protection with the aid of penicillin before and after therapy with this drug. Damage caused by cortisone depends on excessive doses of the drug. According to Matras of Vienna, antibiotics have an antigenlike effect. Patients with cutaneous diseases are especially likely

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