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A recent editorial in " The Medical Record" (August 11th) calls attention to the investigations of Klebs and Eberth into the pathology of typhoid fever, together with the announcement that Prof. Henri Desplats, of Lille, had made the discovery that salicylate of bismuth is " the great desideratum " in the treatment of that disease, and concludes as follows: "In short, the perusal of this article seems to justify the hope that in the salicylate of bismuth we have a new medicament of great antiseptic value."
As it is by experience alone that the truth or falsity of a theory can be demonstrated, it is to be hoped that some one having the time and opportunity will prove whether Prof. Desplat's assertions are true or not.
In this connection, however, it is desired to call the earnest attention of the profession to the claims of sulphurous acid in the treatment of typhoid fever.
Sheffield DA. THERAPEUTICS OF TYPHOID FEVER. JAMA. 1883;I(9):280. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390090024007
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