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November 21, 1885

LETTER FROM PHILDELPHIA.

JAMA. 1885;V(21):584-586. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391200024010

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The College of Physicians—Treatment of Hay Fever—Treatment of Sunstroke—The Academy of Surgery—Hydronaphthol—Substitute for "Buried Sutures"—Instrument for Fractured Patella—Case of Cholecystotomy—Laparotomy — Semi-Annual Meeting of the Pathological Society—Curious Picture of first Ovariotomy in Hong-Kong—The Code.

Since my last letter we have had a number of interesting medical discussions in this city. One of them was before the College of Physicians, where Dr. Da Costa read a paper on the treatment of hay fever by cocaine. The result of his experience is, that cocaine is a valuable addition to our means of treating this troublesome affection, but that its effect is palliative, not curative. In the discussion which followed, Dr. Harrison Allen explained the varying susceptibility to improvement on the part of different individuals by a peculiarity of the erectile tissue of the nose. Thus, cocaine cannot be expected to give relief in the hay fever of persons

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