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December 18, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXIX(25):1260. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440510022001h

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The list of remedies suggested for the relief of urticaria is already so voluminous that I would have some hesitation in further adding to it, were I not thoroughly convinced of the value of phosphate of soda in the treatment of this common complaint.

I have used this drug for the past year in quite a large number of cases, and with such uniform success that I have come to regard it as absolute master of the disease, and have ceased to have any of my former misgivings of my ability to promptly relieve the patient.

In acute cases in adults my plan is to give dram doses of a supersaturated solution of phosphate of soda, i. e., sixty to eighty grains to the dram, the salt being dissolved in its own water of crystallization. This is to be repeated every three hours, and in addition the following antipruritic lotion

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