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ANOTHER PLEA FOR CONSERVATISM IN INTRAVENOUS MEDICATION

JAMA. 1922;79(10):828-829. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640100048018.
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Considered from a purely theoretical standpoint, it is not surprising that the possibilities of intravenous therapy have made a strong appeal to the medical profession. The circulation of the blood affords the shortest route for the transmission of drugs to diseased or disordered tissues, except in the instances in which superficial defects may occur. Even in the case of the skin, effective medication, like adequate nutrition, may in most instances be secured best through the medium of the blood supply, the use of local applications being limited for the most part to the relief of external physical conditions or the destruction of parasitic organisms that have invaded the outer layers. Furthermore, intravascular medication brings drugs into contact with micro-organisms that may inhabit the blood stream and the cells that belong in it. Little wonder, then, in view of such appealing therapeutic prospects, that propagandists for a mode of using drugs

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