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May 12, 1900

Castor-Oil in Neuralgia.

JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(19):1209-1210. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460190059024

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New York City, April 26, 1900.

To the Editor:  —In the discussion on castor-oil in the treatment of neuralgia, I note (see The Journal of April 21, p. 982) that Dr. Paddock is troubled to know how the oil can be given, while Dr. Fütterer tells of giving it with alcoholics that may in some degree interfere with its usefulness; and Dr. Hirst is quoted as advising that it be given in warm milk, while the question is raised as to how warm milk disguises the taste of the oil.Some fifteen years ago I not only gave to the profession the fact that cold milk is the best of all vehicles in which to administer both castor-oil and cod-liver oil, but also pointed out the method of administration with the reasons for the method used.Milk, like these two oils, is an oil or, more properly speaking, an emulsion—and

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