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May 14, 1887

MEDICAL PROGRESS

JAMA. 1887;VIII(20):545-546. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391450013003

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Abstract

Pyridine in Asthma.  Dr. Wyss, of Geneva, in Der Fortschritt, No. 1, January 5, 1887, commenting on the treatment of asthma with pyridine, writes: The physiological and therapeutical properties of pyridine was investigated by Professor G. See. His pupil, Dr. Dandien, recently published the results of his researches on pyridine and allied basic substances (collidine,) and draws the following therapeutic conclusions: 1. The pyridine is indicated in attacks of angina pectoris. Its effects are very rapid. Its use prevents other fits. 2. In asthma, be it of nervous, emphysematous, or catarrhal nature, in the pathological as well as in the symptomatic asthma, the effects of pyridine are superior to those of injections of morphia; they are of longer duration, and perfectly devoid of dangerous consequences. Moreover, pyridine is not merely a palliative, but really a curative remedy. 3. It is equally indicated in asthmatic attacks brought on by inhalation

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