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December 8, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(23):1484-1485. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460490042006

Medical matters are always of interest to the laity and never more than at the present time when the public generally may be said to be on the qui vive as regards everything relating to sanitation and disease. This fact has its advantages, and there is little doubt that human life has been materially prolonged by popular education in the essentials of healthy living. Once in a while, however, popular medical instruction has its disadvantages, and may even materially abbreviate human life if followed. For example, the newspapers have recently been printing an account of a new consumption cure announced by a Vienna professor; the prescription contains.1 gram—1½ grain—of arsenous acid, with three times as much cinnamic acid, to be taken in about a teaspoonful of cognac and water after meals. Not having seen the original European authority we can not say what the actually recommended dose was, but the