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April 15, 1893

THE TREATMENT OF DIPHTHERIA.Read before the Pennsylvania State Medical Society in May, 1892.

JAMA. 1893;XX(15):406-408. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420420002001a

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I do not propose to offer anything new on this subject, but only to state a treatment that has been reasonably successful in my hands.

In the fall of 1870, my attention was first directed to the efficacy of the calomel treatment in the socalled pseudo membranous croup in the following novel and somewhat accidental manner. This was before Dr. W. C. Reiter, of Pittsburgh, published his monograph on the treatment of diphtheria, and it was during a time when pseudo membranous croup was treated with emetics such as Turpeth mineral, ipecac, tartar emetic, and other relaxing remedies, drugs which I never was satisfied as to their efficacy and was always skeptical as to the benefit that might be derived from their use in the treatment of this disease. At the time above stated I was called to see a case suffering with the above named disease. The case was

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