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April 21, 1956


JAMA. 1956;160(16):1431. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960510057023

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To the Editor:—  Some statements about the use of stilbamidine in the treatment of tic douloureux made by Dr. Robert Dean Woolsey in the Dec. 31, 1955, issue of The Journal, page 1713, deserve comment. Since these statements are incongruous with established experience, that particular portion of the report is quoted: "Stilbamidine has recently been reported by Smith and Miller as having a beneficial effect upon the course of trigeminal neuralgia. Nearly every patient with trigeminal neuralgia who has entered my office recently has carried a clipping from the local newspaper or a recent copy of Time describing the wonders of this form of therapy. On reading the article, one finds that the drug was given over a period of one week and then discontinued. The pain usually subsided about a month later. Had sterile water been used, one could predict approximately the same results. Trigeminal neuralgia commonly comes and

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