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March 3, 1894

Antiseptic Therapeutics.

JAMA. 1894;XXII(9):322-323. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02420880038020

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This is one of the most timely books of the year, and will be welcomed by all who wish to practice medicine according to the modern theories of bacteriology. Whether this newer practice will stand the test of time or not, it must be confessed that our therapeutics has not, up to this time, kept pace with the histologic knowledge.

We give, as a sample, the therapeutics of typhoid fever, which, according to our author (pages 234 and 235) is probably produced by the bacillus typhosus of Eberth:

" There are few diseases in which vigorous intestinal antisepsis is more plainly suggested by reason of the ulcerations which are seated in the walls of the intestine.

" According to Bouchard, there are four indications to fulfill: General antisepsis; intestinal antisepsis; antipyretic medication; and lastly, regimen. He begins by a saline purgative; then gives calomel in the dose of 40 centigrams (6 grains)

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