THE TECHNIC OF MEDICATION
A SERIES OF ARTICLES ON THE METHODS OF PRESCRIBING AND PREPARING, THE INDICATIONS FOR, AND THE USES OF VARIOUS MEDICAMENTS *BERNARD FANTUS, M.D.Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Rush Medical CollegeCHICAGO
INDICATIONS FOR INTRAVENOUS THERAPY
4. Parenteral Alterative 142 Therapy.
—This finds in intravenous introduction the highest degree of its development. Protein bodies that would be digested into amino acids on peroral administration exert an entirely different effect when introduced parenterally. It is not always necessary that the agent be introduced intravenously; intramuscular injection of milk, for instance, produces similar results and may sometimes be preferable. It must be admitted, however, that intravenous injection of proteins and certain other bodies yields a purer omnicellular alterative action than any local injection possibly can, complicated as such always must be by local irritative phenomena which in themselves may become quite distressful. The chief