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March 17, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVI(11):804. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510380042005

In the high and dry regions of Mexico and the southwestern part of our own country, pneumonia has long been dreaded by physicians because of its frightful mortality. It is to be hoped that the reports concerning the treatment of this disease by large doses of quinin, as advocated by Galbraith1, may continue to be encouraging. We have no desire to throw cold water on this method of treatment. We shall gladly open our pages to careful reports along this line, and trust that the good reports from the southwest may be substantiated by experience in other parts of the country. Yet we wish to call attention to two or three facts that should be borne in mind.

In the first place, the use of large doses of quinin in pneumonia is not new. It has been given a thorough trial. It has not proved a specific in other