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October 1, 1887


JAMA. 1887;IX(14):445. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400130029009

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Treatment of Inveterate Neuralgia—Apothecaries and Medicine—Phenol-Mercury.

Mr. Victor Horsley has recently drawn attention to some cases of Inveterate Neuralgia which have been under treatment by him. He gave a short history of three cases of this distressing malady which he had treated with apparent success by avulsion of the fifth nerve. All three of his cases had come under his observation at a very late stage of the affection, the shortest period being three years and a half after the outset of the mischief, and in one case as much as seven years after. All were practically edentulous when they came to him, and from all of them after the operation he had the same story, namely, gratification at being relieved from pain, and regret at the loss of so many sound and useful teeth. Were there no indications by which it was possible to diagnose

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