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June 6, 1885


JAMA. 1885;IV(23):640-641. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390980024008

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Prescription Writing—Iodine Injections in Hydrocele—Administration of Iron, Quinine, the Bromides, and Opium—Relations between Syphilis and Aneurism.

However superfluous it may seem, to expatiate on the importance of writing out prescriptions properly, I cannot refrain from adding a few more particulars to my last communication on the subject. As regards the time that should be chosen for the administration of a drug, Professor Germain See considers it of more importance than would at first sight appear. For example, if a purgative pill were to be given on an empty stomach, the patient will almost certainly vomit it, as it will not meet with its dissolvent in the stomach; that a resinous substance, of which most pills are composed, requires an alkaline medium to dissolve it, and this is found at the commencement of the small intestines. Iron should be taken at meals, as all preparations of that metal, whatever be their

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