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November 5, 1887


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JAMA. 1887;IX(19):591-592. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400180015001c

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Case 1.—In May, 1884, I was consulted by A. P., about 30 years of age, a tinsmith. He had been suffering over a year from sciatica. His ailment was of a subacute character, but it was subject at times to aggravation. As a general thing he was able to follow his occupation, though he was never free from pain and constantly limped in his walk. He had been subjected to anti-rheumatic remedies, antiphlogistics, and counter-irritation by the use of fly blisters, liniments and frictions, and at times, for the allaying of acute suffering, morphine by the hypodermic syringe was used. I had ministered to him several times for this ailment without accomplishing a satisfactory result. He came to me the last time to be relieved from the suffering incident to an aggravation of his trouble. I prescribed 1 drop of croton oil made into 2 pills, with the extract of

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