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June 10, 1911

Cholera and Its Treatment.

JAMA. 1911;LVI(23):1744. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560230046034

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This work reviews the history of cholera epidemics, including the recent prevalence of the disease in Russia. The causation, pathology and clinical description, including diagnosis and prognosis, are discussed in separate chapters, but the chief interest of the work centers in the final chapter on treatment. The author shows that the mortality has maintained a high figure, approximating 60 per cent, under all previous forms of treatment. This mortality has been reduced, according to Rogers, to 23.3 per cent, by the use of intravenous injections of hypertonic saline solutions and the administration of permanganates by mouth. The book, while not of immediate practical value to the majority of physicians, will be read with interest by those who desire special information on this subject.

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