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Article
September 1929

The Treatment of Varicose Veins by Intravenous Injections.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1929;44(3):463-464. doi:10.1001/archinte.1929.00140030162016

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Abstract

This is a small monograph of fifty pages. It consists mainly of detailed descriptions of the preparation of the solutions used for injections and of the technic of injections. Sodium salicylate is recommended most highly and quinine is the next choice in cases in which the pain from the former is too great. Emphasis is placed on the fact that any obliterative or coagulant solution spilled in the tissues is liable to cause extensive sloughing.

While the work has value as a technical handbook, it does not even begin to answer the important question as to whether treatment by injection is the method of choice. The author assumes that it is, and states that there never has been an embolus from the injection of quinine, a statement which is open to grave doubt. The whole matter of emboli, sloughing, whether real cures are brought about and whether either the morbidity

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