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Cocoanuts for Worms.

A. J. Stevens, M.D.
JAMA. 1903;XL(19):1299-1300. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490190029013.
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Malden, Mass., April 27, 1903.

To the Editor:  —In The Journal, April 4, 1903, is a query as to the value of cocoanut in the destruction of tapeworms. Having repeatedly seen statements in reliable medical publications asserting its value, I gave it a trial in two cases. The first case was prepared by a laxative of compound licorice powder followed by an aperient water; the patient was then kept on an exclusive diet of cocoanut and water for two days. On the morning of the third day a dose of castor oil brought away most of the worm. The patient was given cocoanut freely every day for a month with the hope that if the head remained in the intestine that the diet would be so unsuited to it that it would be easily swept out by the weekly laxatives which were advised. Joints of the worm reappeared after the


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