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February 2, 1901

Intravenous Transfusion of Formaldehyde Solutions.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(5):335-336. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470050039015

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Abstract

Park City, Utah, Jan. 26, 1901.

To the Editor:  —In your editorial, Dec. 29, 1900, on "Treatment of Tuberculosis," you remark that Dr. R. McGuire has lately treated tuberculosis by intravascular injections of formaldehyde solutions.Permit me to report some experiments I made three years ago on dogs with intravenous injections of solutions of formaldehyde. Lack of time and a laboratory forced me to give up my studies in this line. I tried to solve the two following propositions: 1. Would it be possible, without injuring the animal, to introduce into the circulation formaldehyde in sufficient amount to disinfect tuberculous lungs? 2. By introducing formaldehyde into a vein of the foreleg—forearm-would the gas, after permeating the lungs, escape by the mouth, or would it go to the left side of the heart and into the general circulation?It has been proved that plain, sterile water, transfused into the blood-vessels, will

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