JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(21):1258-1259. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.92450730014001e.
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In the blaze and glory of the heraldry of new remedies and elegant pharmacy, physicians are apt to forget, or at least overlook, some of the old, tried and true preparations. In diverting attention to one of these, no intention is made to cast any slur on, or to detract from, the value and usefulness of others.

Half a century ago Pereira proclaimed that sulphate of magnesia was by far the most commonly employed purgative, both by the public and the medical profession, and to state all the cases in which it is administered would be to enumerate nearly the whole catalogue of known diseases.

Following in the same line of observation, Stillé says it is taken incomparably oftener without a physician's advice than with it, referring to it as a certain, safe and mild purgative. Similar observations have been made by all writers on our materia medica and I


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