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March 22, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(12):767-768. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480120025005

In the report of the meetings of the British Congress on Tuberculosis,1 held in London in July, 1901, Maguire of London detailed the results of over 100 cases treated by him by means of intravenous injections of formalin as well as of numerous cases treated by other observers. Cases treated in the early stage all showed disappearance of physical signs and of bacilli. In cases with cavities the signs of active disease disappeared and the bacilli also. In a recent note,2 Maguire states that the treatment by intravenous injections of formalin is on trial, and as yet its results do not warrant any authoritative opinion, still less any positive statements as to its being a "cure for consumption."

Fischer and Tieken3 have made some observations which appear to have direct bearing upon the use of formalin in the treatment of human tuberculosis. Their experiments had to do