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February 15, 1908


JAMA. 1908;L(7):535. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530330043009

The part played by the liver in protecting the organism against various intoxications, either organic or inorganic in origin, suggested to Gérard and Lemoine the possibility of utilizing the hepatic secretion therapeutically in certain infectious conditions. Having noted the virulency which is exhibited by tuberculous infections in patients suffering from disease of the liver, they first turned their attention to the possibility of favorably influencing the course of this disease by the administration of biliary products, and after some years of experimental work they have published the results of their investigation.1 The authors state that it is with some hesitation that they submit a new treatment for tuberculosis, but that their results have been so favorable that they feel justified in emphasizing the importance of their discovery and asking that the method be given a wider trial. After some experimenting they have evolved a preparation of bile containing cholesterin