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April 16, 1887


JAMA. 1887;VIII(16):435-436. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391410015003

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If experience justifies the claims of M. Bergeon for his method of dealing with this deadly foe to mankind, he will have illustrated the saying of Horace:

Exegi monumentum aere perennius.

There is another name which should be associated with his in honor: that of Claud Bernard, since his experiments thirty years ago laid the foundation for this present discovery.

It is not likely that in this or any other form of treatment will be found a cure for all cases of pulmonary phthisis. Yet such are the results already gained in numerous cases by the rectal administration of carbon dioxide charged with sulphuretted hydrogen as to expose the physician, who does not try it in any given case of consumption, to the charge of culpable negligence. Therefore although the majority of our readers are probably familiar with this novel treatment through descriptions published in this and other journals, we

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