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September 2, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(10):612. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450620050012

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While liquid air is not likely to realize all the sensational prophesies of magazine writers, it is possible that it may have an important and rather striking future in therapeutics. At present we have only a few positive facts, but these are suggestive. Dr. Campbell White, New York City, whose experience with this agent seems to have been more extensive than that of any other physician, and whose communications on the subject have been noticed in the Journal, evidently has confidence in its value, and his published statements as to its apparent curative action in lupus, nevus and other skin affections are certainly encouraging. Even in cancer he has hopes of its proving an effective remedy, at least in some cases. As a local anesthetic its efficiency is evident and he has apparently demonstrated the remarkable fact that the intense cold of this agent may have no permanent bad effects.

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