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January 24, 1885


JAMA. 1885;IV(4):108-110. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390790024010

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Berlin, Dec. 1, 1884.

The Treatment of Syphilis by Massage—Pellaterine in the Treatment of Tapeworm—Professional Notes.  —For pay patients in his private hospital Dr. Lassar has inaugurated a routine treatment in all cases of syphilis. In his poli-klinik the poor people receive much the same attention, only in a less elaborate way, and specific medication is given by hypodermic injections of the mercuric bi-chloride. The well-to-do case of specific disease is first put into a tub of water as hot as it can be tolerated. A strong nurse then gives him massage in the tub, and out of the water unguentum hydrargyri is rubbed in. The patient is then put into a sweat bed, and hot teas or pilocarpin administered. Then iodide of potassium and sarsaparilla tea, the latter to keep the skin active, Dr. Lassar's theory of massage being, to render the lymphatic system more active in expelling the

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