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April 29, 1893


JAMA. 1893;XX(17):483. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420440021002

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A paper by Dr. Arthur A. Boyer before the Massachusetts Medical Society has been printed in the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal, having for its subject the after effects of some of the most commonly used drugs in functional nervous disorders. Dr. Boyer believes that there is a strong temptation, in respect of those disorders, to secure striking, rapid and tangible results by medication at the expense of a rigid scrutiny of the after-effects of the drugs employed. With regard to many of the new remedies especially, it is noteworthy that the early reporters of their therapeutic workings publish satisfactory and even startling results without a sequence of untoward or dangerous after-symptoms. The student of therapeutics is impressed with the feeling that these happy results are abnormally uniform concerning many remedies that have been too recently introduced to clinical medicine to be properly understood. Or as Dr. Boyer states, "it

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