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A novelty in therapeutics, be it a drug or a device, is liable to suffer one of two fates, i. e., disuse from merited distrust, or misuse from misplaced confidence nd unwarranted enthusiasm. If the pneumatic cabinet, which is open to the reproach of novelty, justifies its existence by a promise of sound usefulness, it is to be hoped that the profession will save it from both of these fates. Its proper place and uses should be fully determined by competent and reliable men, and it should be prevented from falling into the hands of unscientific investigators. That it has a useful place among the weapons that comprise a physician's armament, it is the object of this paper to show, but just how extensive its field is, remains for time and thorough investigation to demonstrate.
Dr. Vincent Y. Bowditch, in the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal of July 16, and
HOUGHTON AS. THE TREATMENT OF PULMONARY DISEASE BY PNEUMATIC DIFFERENTIATION. JAMA. 1885;V(19):506–510. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391180002002
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