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February 15, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVI(7):333-334. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430590035004

In a very interesting article,1Dr. Cyrus Edson, of New York, states that during a study of phenol, made in the early part of 1895, he was very much struck by the observations of Stadler, Merck, Brieger, Salkowski and others, to the effect that phenol could be found in the urine of man, the horse, and the cow, and that during health it is a normal constituent of the urine, and during disease the per cent, is enormously increased. He is of opinion that the high temperature of fever may arise from the poisoning of the nerve-centers by such products, and that if this be true, the increased secretion of phenol by the system during disease is an evidence of the vis medicatrix naturæ. This led to the proposition: " If nature herself provides phenol during disease, then it can not be possible she will not tolerate the administration of