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December 1, 1906


Author Affiliations

First Assistant Physician, Kansas State Hospital for Epileptics. PARSONS, KAN.

JAMA. 1906;XLVII(22):1821-1825. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.25210220047001m

This paper will deal largely with a problem of bromid therapy drawn from observation and the literature on epilepsy. Under the term bromism we include all the various toxic manifestations resulting from the continued use of any bromid or chemical with a large percentage of bromin.

Marked chronic bromid intoxication is a not infrequent occurrence and the very mild, often not recognized, forms exceed in frequency the more severe. To diagnosticate the mild types is of special importance.

For a number of years the bromids have occupied first place among the numerous drugs prescribed for the epileptic. Though given in a large number of maladies and pathologic conditions, no disease enjoys its use to such an extent as epilepsy. A large number of the nostrums, placed before the public by irregulars and professional pretenders, for convulsive and other nervous conditions, contain potassium bromid as one of their chief ingredients.