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May 4, 1895


JAMA. 1895;XXIV(18):658-661. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430180004002

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In the search for a cure for this most deadly of diseases, it seems that experimentation has been directed entirely toward the discovery of some wonderful specific, (to the exclusion of the simple truths of physics,anatomy, physiology and pathology). All the energies of the profession and of manufacturing chemists have been spent in the vain hope of finding this specific,—to their great pecuniary advantage.

Now that the specific hunters in Germany and elsewhere have about lost themselves in the mazes of organic chemistry, it might be profitable to work over some old knowledge in these branches, which has been at a discount for some time past.

A classic paper on this subject was read in the Philadelphia County Medical Society, by Dr. Thos. J Mays, and appeared in the New York Medical Journal, March 10, 1888, entitled, "Apex Expansion vs. Pure Air in Pulmonary Consumption." Concerning the cure of consumption,

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