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In a recent editorial1 the similarity existing between the milk-fever of cows and eclampsia in women isdiscussed. It is considered first that the milk-fever of cattle is caused by the elaboration of a toxin, or toxins, in the udder of the animal, which on absorption are productive of the disease in question; the toxicity of colostrum when injected into the animal subcutaneously is spoken of in evidence. The likelihood of production of such toxins by a gland of such size as the udder, when brought suddenly into a state of intense activity following a period of more or less quiescence, is remarked on. It is stated also that "a therapeutic advance which has almost completely abolished the mortality from the disease (milk-fever in cows) and has greatly facilitated a speedy recovery,... consists in acute dilatation of the udder by means of suitable liquids or gases. Originally introduced on the
WILLIAMS E. INTRAMAMMARY INJECTIONS OF OXYGEN IN THE TREATMENT OF ECLAMPSIA. JAMA. 1912;LIX(7):538–539. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270080220014
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