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April 1925


Author Affiliations

From the Pediatric Service, Outpatient Department, City Hospital; Walter Lester Carr, Visiting Physician.

Am J Dis Child. 1925;29(4):477-485. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1925.04120280047002

The successful treatment of pertussis has long been a stumbling block in the progress of medicine. This disease, although in itself rarely fatal, leaves behind an individual susceptible to many pulmonary conditions, especially tuberculosis. The sight of a child in a paroxysm only too often confronts the physician with his limitations. Sedatives without number have been tried, but their value is uncertain and they cannot be relied on to alleviate or to limit the disease. The use of vaccines has been greatly advocated, and both sides of this question have their adherents. Bowditch1 has recently urged the use of the roentgen ray and his claim is supported by the work of Kingston and Faber2 and of Struthers.3 Chlorin gas has, of late, received much press notice, but little scientific support as a cure. This work is still going on. The use of ether intramuscularly also has been