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June 24, 1911


JAMA. 1911;LVI(25):1884. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560250020013

That there is a prevailing tendency in medicine of late years to minimize the empirical use of drugs, and to rely more largely on intelligent aid to Nature by physical means, cannot be denied. But even the most ardent "therapeutic nihilist" as a rule acknowledges the value of certain drugs at times, and among these the salicylates as a remedy in acute articular rheumatism have occupied a prominent place. Recently, however, Menzer1 has published an article, based on his experiences as a German army surgeon, which contradicts quite forcibly our prevalent conceptions on this subject. He does not dispute the fact that the judicious administration of salicylates may alleviate the symptoms to a marked degree, and so furnish relief to the sufferer and satisfaction to the physician. But in his experience, patients so treated were much more subject to recurrences, and in particular to deforming arthropathies, than were those