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November 19, 1898

Conservative Treatment of Intestinal Occlusion by Inter= nal Electricity.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(21):1254. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450210056013

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Oak Park, Ill., Nov. 15, 1898.

To the Editor:  —A criticism of an article under the above caption, credited to the able pen of Dr. J. R. Pennington of Chicago, appears in the Journal of November 5. As the author of said article I respectfully request that you publish my answer in your columns.1. The critic calls me to account for not giving Dr. Boudet credit for his original work and untiring effort. However, I did state in quotation from Dr. Larat that Boudet had treated fifty cases with 75 per cent. of cures, a better percentage of cures than is shown by any other practitioner, even including surgery.2. As to electrolysis: He says to use the author's electrode, the oxychlorid of the metal used may have an indescribable effect on the tissues, and attempts to overcome this difficulty by using a disc of soluble "copper, carbon, zinc,

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