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May 7, 1887


JAMA. 1887;VIII(19):521-522. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391440017006

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In his These d'Agrégation for the Assistant Professorship of Medicine, Dr. De Beurmann recently took for his subject "De la Médication Abortive" (Abortive Medication). The question has often been put, What is abortive Medication? To this the author replies that it is that which is intended to interrupt the course of a malady in its natural evolution. Strictly speaking, abortive medication ought to arrest a malady in its earliest stages, to cure it in an extremely short time, and produce the restitutio ad integrum of the organs affected by the morbid process; in other words, to cure in a sure and rapid manner, to diminish notably the length of the duration of the malady, or, as the author expresses it, to jugulate, should be the end of drugs and abortive means. In the present state of science, abortive medication is not yet established, nor yet is the direction in which

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