In June, 1903, I published an article entitled "Whooping Cough: A New Method of Treatment." This method consisted in the application of a slightly constricted silk elastic abdominal belt to all children having pertussis. The results attained at that time from a very few cases were of so startling a nature, that I determined to study a number of consecutive cases in detail and the results in this series of cases are now presented.
These cases, it is to be remembered, are all consecutive. When a drug or a method of treating a disease is first brought forth, it is easy for the originator, if he select his cases, to prove that his new method is positively without flaw. Let him, however, report a chain of consecutive cases, and the weak links will be seen immediately. I therefore especially invite criticism of this new pertussal chain which it has been my pleasure to forge during the past few months.
METHOD OF APPLICATION OF BELT.
The method of applying the belt is as follows: A stockinette band is placed on a baby with whooping
KILMER TW. A STUDY OF EIGHTEEN CONSECUTIVE CASES OF WHOOPING COUGH TREATED BY THE ELASTIC ABDOMINAL BELT. JAMA. 1904;XLIII(24):1749–1754. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.92500240002c
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