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November 23, 1895

A Specific for Spasmodic Croup.

JAMA. 1895;XXV(21):917. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430470037013

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San Diego, Cal., Nov. 16, 1895.

To the Editor:  —Among the remedies for acute laryngitis suggested in a recent and elaborate contribution to the Journal, I am surprised that no mention is made of the oleoresin, improperly called "balsam" copaiva. I regard its employment as quite an advance on the antiquated ipecac, turpeth mineral, et id omne genus treatment, and for many years I have used it to the exclusion of all such. Preferably, it should be given in a full dose of 15 or 20 drops to a child 2 or 3 years old, at bedtime, or immediately following the first hoarse inspiration or cough. This will generally carry the little patient through the night, or certainly until the early morning hour, when a recurrence of the paroxysm is often expected. En capsule is the best method of administration, for the purpose of disguising the unpleasant taste. The syrup

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