Suggestions for the use of large doses of digitalis in the treatment of acute alcoholism came from Sweden and England. Fothergill and Jones, of Jersey, England, were the first to introduce its use to the medical profession. Both recommended it very highly. The latter publishes a report of over seventy cases treated by this method alone. He claims that he never saw any alarming symptoms following the use of one-half ounce doses of the tincture. A few clinicians in this country have tried the remedy with varying success; among them Dr. Horatio C. Wood, of Philadelphia, who speaks highly of its effect in a certain class of cases. It is interesting to note that a drug whose use even in moderately large doses is supposed to be fraught with some danger, can be given in one-half ounce doses without producing any of the ordinary symptoms of digitalis poisoning. Various explanations
LOOMIS HP. THE TREATMENT OF ACUTE ALCOHOLISM BY LARGE DOSES OF DIGITALIS. JAMA. 1900;XXXV(6):337–338. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24620320007002
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