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September 24, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XIX(13):381-382. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420130025002

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In view of the greatly extended scope and the added accuracy in prognosis with which surgery and midwifery have been, almost recently, endowed, comes the consideration of the possible utility and value of similar methods in other branches of medical science. After passing such prominent landmarks as the specific action of quinine in malaria and the salicylates in rheumatism, probably the intestinal canal offers the widest field for research. The lines upon which procedures may be laid against intestinal parasites are: first, the mechanical method, or that by evacuants; second, the antiseptic, or direct destruction and third, the neutralizing, or an antitoxic disposal of the ptomains produced in the canal. Calomel, for instance, may fulfill all the indications, while naphthalin could be placed only among antiseptics. Furbringer and Bouchard have studied the production and destruction of such intestinal poisons. Bouchard has classified intestinal antiseptics as those that are freely soluble,

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