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To the Editor of the Journal:
—I noticed in a recent number of the British Medical Journal, under the head of Correspondence, the following: "M. de Pezzer treats certain renal affections with naphthaline, especially those that are accompanied with difficult micturition; and, when fetid urine is passed, the results are generally good. In pyelonephritis, M. de Pezzer gives a gramme and a half, also in cystitis and prostatitis, with retention of urine, likewise for stricture complicated by fistula." The above, unfortunately, has been quoted by several of our American journals. To those who are not familiar with the action of naphthaline on the urinary organs I deem it my duty to say that if employed in the conditions recommended above by M. de Pezzer, even in much smaller doses—5 grains—it quickly excites intense irritation of the urinary passages. I have more than once observed the most violent cystitis
Purdy CW. NAPHTHALINE IN RENAL AFFECTIONS.. JAMA. 1886;VII(18):504. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250100140014
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