The Alleged Cure for Lockjaw.

S. A. Matthews, M.D.
JAMA. 1903;XLI(9):565-566. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490280035011.
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Chicago, Aug. 25, 1903.

To the Editor:  —Certain publicity given by the lay press to a case of tetanus recently treated by me, and an editorial in The Journal last week, make the following statement necessary:In the first place, I disclaim any pretention to the discovery of a specific cure for tetanus or for any other disease. However, during the past year I have made a study of the diuretic effects of certain salt solutions when injected directly into the circulation in mammals (rabbits), and the power of such diuretic saline solutions to eliminate soluble toxins from the body. To prove the theory I chose tetanus toxin, which I found could be eliminated from the body, at least in part, after sufficient time had elapsed for it to set up its characteristic symptoms. I tested this on a number of animals (each animal being controlled) with a large per


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