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March 28, 1908

Bismuth Treatment of Fistulas.

JAMA. 1908;L(13):1058. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530390056021

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Spokane, Wash., March 16, 1908.

To the Editor:  —In The Journal, March 14, appears an article by Dr. Emil G. Beck on treatment of fistulous tracts by injections of bismuth paste.Allow me to draw attention to a possible important modification of this method depending on the discovery of Freund in relation to iodoform. This observer has used a solution of iodoform in chloroform as a test for and measure of the x-ray. This is possible on account of the prompt color reaction since the ray has the property of liberating free iodin from the iodoform which, appearing in its natural color in the chloroform, gives the color test for the quantity of x-ray.It is reasonable to suppose that the ray has the same effect no matter in what the iodoform is suspended, and I suggest, therefore, that a suspension of the drug be used instead of

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