St. Louis Courier of Medicine Volume 7

St. Louis Courier of Medicine Volume 7

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ... he had found a specific for rheumatic fever in salicin, many eagerly grasped at the means of relief thus afforded, whilst many remained sceptical. This is probably the best frame of mind for the reception and investigation of any new line of treatment. All of us know the multitudes of remedies which have been introduced, vaunted to the skies, found awanting, and quietly dropped. All of us have heard of wonderful cures where only the processes of nature had been at work. Nevertheless, it is well that there should be enthusiasts to take up and try everything new, just because it is new; but it is quite as necessary that tbere should be cool heads and careful investigators to test any wonderful results thus obtained. Well, salicin met the usual hap, but not with the accustomed consequences. From the hands of enthusiasts it passed into those of men who had the skill and the means of testing the value of the drug. It was found in many cases, though not in all, to be highly beneficial; but it could hardly be said to come into universal use until the rare and not-easilyobtained salicin was to a great extent superseded by salicylate of soda--a substance first introduced as an antiseptic, but speedily turned to other uses, in the treatment of pyrexia, and then of rheumatism. Salicin itself, and the ordinary willow-bark whence it is derived, had long been known in this country, and used--especially in domestic practice--as a tonic, and sometimes as an antiperiodic. In the latter respect, however, it has always been held as far inferior to quinine, though in certain cases agreeing better with the stomach, and not giving rise to the unpleasant symptoms produced by quinine in large doses. Salicylate of soda is a purely laboratory product. From this and more

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  • Paperback | 202 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 372g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236515064
  • 9781236515063