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The difficulties which were in the way of the use of hydriodic acid because of its rapid decomposition, were considered so unsurmountable, that it was not until the year 1878, when an unalterable syrup was presented to the profession, that it came into use. Soon after this, in 1880, my attention was attracted to an article by Dr. J, B. Oliver, of Boston, which was published in the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal, of the issue of March 4th of that year.
Dr. Oliver, in his paper alluded to the use of syrup of hydriodic acid, in the treatment of asthma, and in conclusion says, that Dr. Knight "had surprisingly satisfactory results," from the same remedy. Having under observation at this time a severe case of chronic asthma, complicated with chronic bronchitis, on which I had tried iodide of potassium, which was intolerable to the stomach, I at once put
WILE WC. HYDRIODIC ACID. ITS USES IN GENERAL PRACTICE. Read in the Section on Practical Medicine at the Thirty-ninth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, Cincinnati, May, 1888. JAMA. 1889;XII(4):116–118. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02400810008001b
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