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February 5, 1887


JAMA. 1887;VIII(6):150-152. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391310010002

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Peptone.  Dr. Labastide, in the Gazette des Hôpitaux, publishes notes of cases showing the good effects of peptone. The first was that of a widow over 80 years of age, of robust constitution and sanguine temperament; she had hemiplegia on the right side, and partial aphasia following a cerebral effusion which dated more than thirty years back; all the functions were normal. In the spring of 1884, she had another cerebral attack, but the symptoms disappeared under the influence of internal and external derivatives. In 1885 she had a third attack, which lasted longer than the preceding one; paralysis became more pronounced, aphasia more complete, and deglutition more painful, without any local change in the throat. The patient refused all nourishment. When obliged to take food, either solid or liquid, she immediately vomited it. Pure water, sweetened or aerated, was immediately rejected. At the end of six months the

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