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January 1930

Ueber Organhormone und Organtherapie.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1930;45(1):160. doi:10.1001/archinte.1930.00140070167017

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This is not a monograph on hormone therapy, but contains four brief reports on some of the nonsurgical therapies followed in the surgical clinic of Dr. Bier. The first paper is a general discussion, with an account of the experience with intravenous injections of foreign blood by Dr. Bier. An item of great historical interest is referred to, namely, that the ancient Arab and Persian physicians treated patients with severe anemias (we are not told how successfully) by feeding them with liver. If this is correct, the recent liver therapy of anemia is a rediscovery. Dr. Luetkens and Dr. Gehrke report on treatment for diseases of the liver and gallbladder with crude extracts of gallbladders and liver ("Choloton schwach," and "Choloton stark"). Dr. Gehrke states that for many years he has treated patients with tabes, progressive paralysis, multiple sclerosis, etc., by feeding them animal brain substance ("Promonta"). Finally, there is

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