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January 19, 1884


JAMA. 1884;II(3):69. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390280013002b

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The Diaphoretic Treatment of Puerperal Eclampsia by Hot Baths.— Dr. C. Brens, of Vienna, has returned to this treatment. Last year he reported six cases—the satisfactory treatment of which induced him to give it a further trial and he has since (Annals de la Societè Medico- Chirurgicalè de Liege) reported eleven new cases with one death. The patient is put into a bath of 100.4°F, the temperature of which is gradually increased. After remaining in the bath for 1/2 to 3/4 of an hour, the patient is wrapped in warm bedclothing, so as to produce an energetic diaphoresis, at the same time that injections of chloral hydrate are used to produce profound narcosis. The patients are put into the bath while under the influence of the narcotic, and if they awaken they are again brought under its influence. Attempts are made by the ordinary means and without force to shorten

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