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November 1938

Les médications de choc en ophthalmologie.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1938;20(5):894-895. doi:10.1001/archopht.1938.00850230202021

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This volume is the tenth annual monograph of the French Ophthalmological Society.

By the expression choc thérapeutique, the French mean any induced upset in physiologic equilibrium which begins and ends abruptly, leaving behind it no lasting anatomic lesion. English-speaking ophthalmologists are prone to speak of the agent used—protein therapy, hemotherapy, etc.—ignoring the manner in which the upset is produced. When this slight difference in conception is understood, the scope and value of this monograph become apparent.

The symptoms of therapeutic shock depend on the agent employed. the dose and the site and method of employment. In most cases injection of the foreign substance is followed by a chill, arterial hypotension and slow pulse. Later the temperature rises sharply, the pulse becomes more rapid and the blood pressure increases. All degrees of these basic phenomena may be encountered.

In most patients therapeutic shock may be induced with safety

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