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To the Editor:—
The article entitled "Current Status of Bronchial Asthma," by Segal, in The Journal, March 7, 1959, pages 1063-1071, appears as an authorized publication of the Council on Drugs. Surely such an article must, by inference, contain a distillation of the country's best thinking on the subject. A real responsibility is implied here, because the uncritical reader has no choice but to accept the contents dogmatically. The article does not meet this responsibility. The fundamental fault with this, as with many similar articles not quite as authenticated, is the complexity which they endow on the symptomatic treatment of bronchial asthma. I submit that the principles of treatment are simple and that the real talent lies in discontinuing therapy with numerous and often harmful medicaments and resisting the dangerous temptation to sedate the seriously ill asthmatic patient.The most fundamental principle in the treatment of bronchial asthma is hydration.
Bookman R. THERAPY IN BRONCHIAL ASTHMA. JAMA. 1959;170(2):242. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010020100025
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