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June 12, 1972

Steroid Treatment of Aspiration

JAMA. 1972;220(11):1500. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03200110078031

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To the Editor.—  The interesting article by Steele et al (219:1434,1972) on the use of steroids and antibiotics in the treatment of hydrocarbon aspiration confirms the findings reported in the American Review of Respiratory Disease (98:88, 1968), using rats treated with methylprednisolone intramuscularly, intratracheally, and intravenously before and after administration of intratracheal kerosene. It also illustrates the increasing problem of information retrieval that we all face in medicine inasmuch as they state that "to our knowledge, no previous experimental study to evaluate the efficacy of corticosteroids and antibiotics" had been done. The conclusions were identical to those reported by us.