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December 5, 1885

Practical Therapeutics: A Compendium of Selected Formulæ and Practical Hints on Therapeutics.

JAMA. 1885;V(23):643. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391220027011

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If books of this class could be kept out of the hands of those who use prescriptions as mathematicians use algebraic formulæ, they might be of considerable value. In this book, under the head " Neuralgia," we find seven formulæ. The reader is left to infer the causes of the neuralgia requiring any particular formula; and if a particular case be due to malarial influence he might experiment, successively, with all and fail to relieve his patient. The only prescription for tetanus is a hypodermatic injection of ten drops of a solution of gr. ij of woorari to gtt. c of distilled water, every four or five hours. It would be interesting to know how many cases of tetanus have been cured by this treatment. For the treatment of insomnia Brown-Séquard's old bromide prescription is recommended—nothing else. For whooping-cough we recognize an even dozen old friends—no new ones. For the so-called

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