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August 25, 1900

Castor-Oil in Neuralgia.

JAMA. 1900;XXXV(8):511. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460340047013

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Ashton, R. I., Aug. 13, 1900.

To the Editor:  —As touching the treatment of facial neuralgia by castor-oil, your correspondent, Dr. W. S. Caldwell, in his "Rambling Notes of a Roving Doctor," in The Journal of August 11, page 368, says the theory entertained in the Allgemienes Krankenhaus, Vienna, is that the beneficial effects of this mode of treatment result from the elimination of toxins, which, absorbed into the circulation, produce this disease.About a month ago a young woman appealed piteously to me for relief from supraorbital neuralgia, from which she suffered excruciating agony. She had been treated with various remedies by her brother, who is a physician in good practice, without benefit. On the advice of a young hospital surgeon the brother intended to have the supraorbital nerve resected, but deferred the operation until after his return from Europe, where he had gone, and was expected back in

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