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July 20, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(3):196-199. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.62470290042002n

Much confidence in the efficiency of different remedies has been expressed at various times.

Those, which in recent years have attained to most pronounced favor, have been the animal extracts, notably those obtained from the mammary and thyroid glands. As in electricity, doubtless much of the benefit imputed to these drugs is due to suggestion. The only extract which has seemed to me capable of producing any beneficial effect is that derived from the thyroid gland. This agent appears to exert a special influence upon the epithelium of the uterinemucous membrane, which promotes the arrest of hemorrhage and decreases pain. These effects are found in the carcinomatous as well as the myomatous uterus. Not every patient, however, is able to take the drug in sufficient doses to exert a beneficial influence upon the growth.

The efficacy of electricity, I will not discuss further than to say that I should not

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