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November 5, 1898

Conservative Treatment of Intestinal Occlusion by Internal Electricity.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(19):1124. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450190050016

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Chicago, Oct. 31, 1898.

To the Editor:  —The above caption is the title of a very interesting paper by R. P. Johnson, M.D., in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Oct. 22, 1898.It is not the purpose of this reply to criticise adversely the idea or method of treatment set forth in said article. There are, however, one or two points to which I wish especially to call attention.1. The method and manner of application embodied in the paper is the same as that given to the medical profession by M. Boudet of Paris eighteen or twenty years ago, and subsequently by Dr. M. A. Cleaves of New York, and others. As the essayist quotes quite extensively from Dr. Larat, I take it, from the quotations used, that he refers to Dr. Larat's article on "Intestinal Occlusion Treated by Electricity," in "Bigelow's International System of Electro-Therapeutics," which

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