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July 21, 1906

Atropin and Strychnin Combined a Specific for Seasickness.

Author Affiliations

Formerly Acting Assistant Surgeon, United States Army.

JAMA. 1906;XLVII(3):217. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520030059015

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Sinclair, Ill., July 16, 1906.

To the Editor:  —In The Journal, June 23, 1906, is an interesting article with the above title by Brig.-Gen. Alfred C. Girard, M.D., late assistant surgeon-general, United States Army, San Francisco. The essence of the report is that a prescription containing atropin sulph. gr. 1/120 and strychnin sulph. gr. 1/60, combined in a solution for hypodermic administration, to be repeated, if necessary, is a specific for seasickness. Dr. Girard describes a number of cases to show the value of this prescription, but, as he says nothing as to the origin of the formula, the inference will naturally be that he is the originator of the valuable combination. But he is not the author of it. The formula was published in the Medical World, September, 1894, and is from the New York Medical Journal, Dec. 9, 16, 23, 30, 1893, and is credited to Dr. W.

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