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The greater prevalence of pneumonia in proportion to the population, and its much higher rate of mortality in mountain attitudes, than at the average elevation of the earth's surface, set the writer, about six years ago, to seek about for a plan of therapeutics of greater efficiency than that generally practiced and approved. About that time jaborandi came into use, and there were notices in the medical journals of its efficacy in the treatment of dropsies by virtue of its peculiarly powerful influence on the sudoriparous glands. Its wonderful diaphoretic power pointed it out to the writer as being possibly a useful agent in the treatment of pneumonia in its early or formative stage, with the object in view that by its means an abortion of the disease might be effected by limiting the effusion, and thus averting the perils of a fully developed pneumonia.
An immediate trial of the
BROWN JW. PNEUMONIA IN HIGH ALTITUDES, AND ITS TREATMENT WITH JABORANDI. JAMA. 1885;IV(10):262–264. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390850010001c
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