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September 24, 1898


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JAMA. 1898;XXXI(13):697-698. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450130019002e

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The object of this brief paper is to emphasize the value of potassium iodid in meningitis, especially in that severe and fatal form known as cerebro-spinal meningitis.

Since deciding to present this subject I have looked through quite a number of the authorities most frequently consulted by the general practitioner, to form an approximate estimate of the appreciation in which this drug is held in the treatment of meningitis. I find that its use is recommended by many of them, but seldom during the stage in which I have found it most efficient. Biddle does not mention it in this connection; neither does Hare in his shorter work, the one most frequently consulted. Potter recommends a longer course of it during convalescence. Wood does not recommend it; neither does Stillé. Bartholow recommends it to remove adventitious products after the acute attack has subsided. Skinner reports Dr. Valten as asserting that

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