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March 24, 1888


JAMA. 1888;X(12):376-377. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400380028010

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Dear Sir:  —It occasionally happens that one remedy after another fails to expel a tapeworm, even though the patient is placed under proper and restricted diet before the medicine is given. A case of this kind came under my observation —a boy, aged 13 years. The diagnosis, as is usually the case, was very readily made, from the fact that the boy pulled out several joints of the tænia from his anus as proof of his ability to make the diagnosis. Turpentine, pomegranate bark, pumpkin seed, extract of male fern, and chloroform were given at different times, with the effect of expelling the greater portion of the worm, but they failed to bring away the head. Some of these drugs were given the second, and even the third time.After failing with the anthelmintics that had been hitherto successful in my hands, I concluded to give salicylic acid (as mentioned

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