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June 13, 1885

SUCCESSFUL RESULTS OF A NEW TREATMENT FOR DIPHTHERIA.

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OF SAVANNAH, GEORGIA

JAMA. 1885;IV(24):645-650. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390990001001
Abstract

In Gaillard's Medical Journal, January, 1884, I published a paper on the "Use of Peroxide of Hydrogen in Diphtheria," which was intended only to bring before the Profession the value of that antiseptic as a local application in the disease. Although Peroxide of Hydrogen acts energetically and favorably when topically applied dissolving soft membrane and disinfecting the part, it seems to be absolutely devoid of constitutional action and has not the power to prevent the sequelæ of the disease in question, indeed deed a knowledge of its constituent elements would lead naturally to such a conclusion. This is painfully and certainly demonstrated in the following case:

Case 1. The patient was a young lady of seventeen years of age, in whom there was a tendency to tonsillar and pharyngeal congestion. The attack of diphtheria was preceded by one of tonsillitis of a mild form. The first symptoms were nasal, and

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