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June 27, 1891


JAMA. 1891;XVI(26):923-924. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410780023011

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In several instances of late pneumonia has been most successfully treated by large doses of digitalis. By some medical men the expectant method of treating pneumonia is thought to be not only irrational, but even dangerous, and that the assumption that there is a definite cycle of progress in pneumonia is not warranted, and from experience obtained at the leading London hospitals, the disease may be jugulated or cut short by an energetic, rational mode of treatment, especially if the method is inaugurated at the onset of the disease, and that, finally, the claim is supported that the treatment of pneumonia with large doses of digitalis promises better results than those obtainable by any other mode of procedure.

Dr. Steele has drawn attention to some useful precautions in the extraction of broken needles. He says that it is most unpleasant, after cutting and probing with the

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