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Epinephrin in Infantile Paralysis

S. J. Meltzer, M.D.
JAMA. 1916;LXVII(6):461. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02590060061022.
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To the Editor:  —In the symposium on infantile paralysis which appeared in The Journal, July 22, there is an error in the reproduction of my remarks (p. 314) which I wish to correct. It reads there: "No death (of infantile paralysis) is usually due to respiratory paralysis." It should read, of course, "Death is usually due to respiratory paralysis."I shall avail myself of this opportunity to state that in the cases of infantile paralysis treated at the New York Throat, Nose and Lung Hospital, more than fifty babies received an intraspinal injection of 2 c.c. of a 1:1,000 epinephrin chlorid solution every six hours from the very beginning of the disease, that is, as soon as the patients were brought to the hospital. One result stands out clearly: that all these little patients stood two cubic centimetrs of epinephrin solution administered intraspinally every six hours for many days without


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