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October 30, 1886

LETTER FROM PARIS.

JAMA. 1886;VII(18):500-501. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250100136010

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Abstract

Sparteine in Cardiac Affections—Parasitic Mesology in Man—Turpentine in Phosphorus Poisoning—The Galvano-Cautery in Chronic Metritis and Endometritis.

Basing his theory on the results obtained by M. Laborde by experiments on animals with sparteine, Professor Germain Sée has applied this remedy to the treatment of cardiac affections. He employs the sulphate of sparteine in doses of 10 centigrammes on an average in which quantity it augments the intensity and the duration of the ventricular contractions. Professor Sée considers that sparteine is a dynamic agent of the heart, the movements of which it regulates. In this respect it acts like digitalis and the lilly of the valley, but its action is more prompt and more durable. It immediately regulates the cardiac rhythm when this is altered, and has proved itself superior in this case to the other agents. It is indicated in grave, atonic affections, with slackening of

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