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October 29, 1887

GERANIUM MACULATUM.Read in the Section on Medicine, Materia Medica and Therapeutics, at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, June 7, 1887.

JAMA. 1887;IX(18):555-556. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400170011002a

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Abstract

If the craze for therapeutical novelties could be diverted from the jungles of India and the laboratories of the manufacturing chemist, to the fields and forests of the United States, suffering humanity would be the gainer. Many of the most highly-lauded, marvelous synthetical products and wonderful drugs precipitated upon the profession during the past few years are not only useless but positively injurious, while scarcely 2 per cent. of the remainder possess any practical value.

Geranium Maculatum, to which I desire to redirect your attention to-day, is not a new remedy imported over thousands of miles of land and sea at prodigious expense, neither is it the patented compound of forty stills, recommended as a sure cure for all diseases by forty medical theorists who do not know the difference between the pulse in health and disease, but it is one of the most valuable and yet the least known

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