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June 17, 1911

Bismuth Paste in Chronic Suppurations. Its Diagnostic Importance and Therapeutic Value.

JAMA. 1911;LVI(24):1839. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560240069045

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The use of bismuth paste in the treatment of chronic suppurations and the use of bismuth in various forms of suspension for diagnostic purposes have become recognized procedures of value. With these, as with most operative procedures, however simple they may appear, it is necessary in order to attain the highest degree of success to carefully follow the correct technic. Many of the failures in the use of bismuth paste have been due either to faulty technic or to use in unsuitable cases. In this volume is found a careful description of the technic by the originator of the method as well as a review of the cases in which it has proved of value. Attention is also directed to the fact that severe and even fatal poisoning may follow the injudicious use of bismuth. This method, therefore, should be used only after one is thoroughly familiar with its possibilities

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