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During the last few years my recoveries of cases of diphtheria that I have treated have been 80 per cent. The remedies I have usually prescribed were chlorate of potash and tincture of the chloride of iron internally, with liberal sustaining diet and large doses of whisky at stated intervals. The local treatment consisted of gargling, penciling, or spraying the throat with a saturated solution of chlorate of potash, but latterly I have used lime water instead of the solution of chlorate of potash, and found it quite a beneficial local remedy.
The physician, in order to be successful in the treatment of diphtheria, should see the patient at the commencement of the disease. The patient should be put immediately to bed in a large and well ventilated room, on the second or third floor. The temperature of the apartment should be about 65° F., the air of which should
BATTEN JM. TREATMENT OF DIPHTHERIA. JAMA. 1885;IV(6):146–147. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390810006001b
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