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August 6, 1898

SALINE INFUSIONS.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(6):306-307. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450060044007

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Abstract

It is surprising that the use of saline infusion, a method so incomparably superior to all others in the treatment of hemorrhage and shock, should meet with such restricted use among the general practicing physicians. There are perhaps few hospitals that are not provided with the apparatus and the sterile salt solution necessary for infusion at ten minutes' notice, yet the general practitioner seems almost never to class it among his methods of combating hemorrhage, shock and septicemia. He feels his duty done when he has filled the patient with strychnin, whiskey, digitalis, nitroglycerin or coffee. The effects of intravenous and hypodermic infusions are so immediate and so absolutely life-saving in many instances that nobody who has ever seen its use can doubt for a moment its superiority as a surgical method. The greater the pity, then, that the general practitioner of the country and city districts, nay many a

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