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May 10, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XIV(19):689. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410190025006

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Dr. Elder, of Seaton, Ill., writes to the New York Medical Journal concerning a series of cases of diphtheria for which the peroxide of hydrogen was applied as a membrane-solvent. Others have written in our periodicals on this subject, notably Dr. Squibb of Brooklyn, Dr. Love of St. Louis, and Dr. Major of Montreal, but Dr. Elder's results appear to have been so decisive that a description of them will pardon a little repetition. He says: "I armed an applicator with a pledget of absorbent cotton, saturated it with the peroxide, in the full strength of the ordinary " ten volume solution," and rubbed it over the membrane several times. The effect was magical. The membrane did not dissolve, but softened; it took on the appearance of whipped cream, let go its hold on the mucous surfaces, and was then easily removed by the applicator. It left a raw surface, showing

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