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May 29, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(22):1037. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440220033006

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The occasional untoward effects of the bromids, especially in certain epileptics, which were the subject of editorial comment in the Journal last year at the instance of a paper read by Dr. S. Weir Mitchell, were again brought up before the Association of American Physicians at their recent session at Washington. Dr. H. A. Hare read a paper giving the results of inquiries made by him, in which he stated that these effects were well known to asylum physicians generally and that there already existed a considerable literature upon the subject. In the discussion doubt was apparently thrown upon the statements he had gathered from asylum physicians, which were held to have an insufficient basis; the bromid merely diverted the attack, it was hinted, but did not cause it, and presumably the idea was intended to be conveyed that its connection with the violence it was said to induce did

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