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November 14, 1914


Author Affiliations

First Assistant Physician and Clinical Pathologist; Respectively, State Hospital RALEIGH, N. C.

JAMA. 1914;LXIII(20):1749-1750. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02570200043011

On account of the wide publicity given through the lay press to the supposedly wonderful results to be obtained from the use of crotalin in the treatment of epilepsy, we feel that we owe it to the profession to present to it the results obtained from this treatment at the Epileptic Colony at the State Hospital at Dix Hill.

First, we wish to state that this treatment has been given under and by the direct advice of Dr. Thomas J. Mays, one of its chief advocates, and to say further that his instructions have been faithfully carried out.

The advocates state that the principle on which this treatment depends is the fact that crotalin decreases the coagulability of the blood, and they assert that the coagulability is increased in epilepsy. We wished to confirm or refute this and very readily did so by making use of a Boggs coagulometer, which

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