Wednesday, May 24, 2017

1898: A doctor's humble request for help

So it's the year 1898 and you are a physician. One of your patient's has intractable asthma, where everything you prescribed failed.  What can you do?  Well, why not submit a letter to the editor to medical magazine asking for help. Here's one example of a doctor doing just that.
Editor Medical World :—I ask help for a case of simple but intractable bronchial asthma. I can find no complications. The patient is a lady, about 40 years old, weight 200 pounds, ruddy complexion, red hair. There is no hereditary taint. She is now five months pregnant, but the asthma does not seem to be much worse than before she became so. I have given her a good many remedies with only temporary relief. J. R. Mclaurin, M.D. Toomsuba, Miss. ,

A humble submission on the part of a doctor who had the best interest of his patient at hand. 

References:
  1. Taylor, C.F., editor, "The Medical World," volume 16, 1898, Philadelphia, page 251

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