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September 1940

La medicine d'urgence: Symptomes, diagnostic, traitement immediat, formulaire.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1940;66(3):783. doi:10.1001/archinte.1940.00190150254022

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The popularity of this book is indicated by the necessity for the publication of another, the seventh, edition. The original edition appeared in 1910. This edition is similar to the preceding one, although modifications have been made in order to conform with present day ideas concerning physiology, symptoms, signs and treatment of emergency conditions. The major alterations were made in the chapters on acute cardiac insufficiency, epilepsy, hysteria, chronic hepatitis and nephritis. The book still contains many prescriptions which probably have no more effect than placebos. The author continues to use bloodletting in many conditions in which the rationale for this procedure may be questioned. The use of purgatives containing mild mercurous chlorides, even in the presence of uremia due to primary renal disease, is still recommended.

However, in spite of the fact that the reader may not agree with the author in regard to some of the recommended treatment,

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