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June 11, 1887


JAMA. 1887;VIII(24):653-654. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391490009003

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Strophanthus in Heart-Disease.  Dr. J. Hutchinson, Physician to Anderson's College Dispensary, Glasgow, says: I have administered the drug in twelve cases of heart disease; nine were functional and three organic, and I have much reason to be pleased with the success of the treatment, and with the amount of relief I gave my patients.On looking over my notes I find two cases of mitral disease, in one of which there was a loud murmur, both obstructive and regurgitant. The patient was a woman, aged 45, in whom the prominent symptoms were harsh, hacking cough occurring in paroxysms, dyspnœa, and even at times orthopnœa, palpitation, and œdema of feet and legs. The pulse was intermittent, with a regular irregularity, and beating 90 to the minute. Strophanthus was given in half-drop doses at first, and was gradually increased until she was taking 2 minims three times a day. Almost from

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