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March 5, 1932


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JAMA. 1932;98(10):835. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730360057027

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To the Editor:  —May I suggest that your editorial comments on intravenous injections of dextrose as a therapeutic procedure in the Dec. 12, 1931, issue of The Journal are perhaps more critical than the facts of the investigations referred to by you may warrant.So general is its use that great quantities of dextrose solution in various degrees of concentration are being given in hospitals and in homes daily without any unfavorable reactions. In many clinics, reactions of any such type are practically unknown.Nevertheless the tendency of human nature seems to be to place the blame for any reaction that does occur on the fact of its being a dextrose injection, until the term "glucose reaction" has actually come to be a poor alibi in many instances for failure to observe the fundamental rules of the procedure.A review of the studies on which your editorial is based shows