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To the Editor:
—During the last year or two I have quite frequently noticed in current medical literature references to the beneficent influence exerted by antipyrin in modifying the pain and suffering of labor. In one case in my own practice I administered it with decided advantage, the suffering being much mitigated, and were it not for one question that presented itself to me, would have used and continue to use it frequently. The question to which I refer is this: May not the influence of the drug in inhibiting or suppressing the secretion of the milk more than counterbalance all advantages derived from it as a pain obtunder?How much influence it exerts over the lacteal secretion has not as yet been clearly determined, but I have recently seen in the medical journals a number of laudatory notices of its marked effect in suppressing milk secretion. In the Medical
Stuver E. Should Antipyrin be Used During Parturition or Gestation? JAMA. 1889;XII(4):140. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02400810032011
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