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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883 Excerpt: ...he had a wife and family. been recommended in so much larger doses, and 1 had myself just seen a man who had taken iho very same dose three times a day for a week without making any complaint. I asked the patient how many doses he had taken, and he said only one. I advised him to try it again, but he declined, adding jokingly that he had " a wife and family." "If Dr. Murrell has successfully met the charge of inhumanity, his defence has not touched--in fact, it has rather given fresh force to--the charge of indiscretion. For, in tho first place, we now find that he gave a drug, of which he knew next to nothing except that it belonged to a class of powerful poisons, to eighteen different patients in succession in one week. A careful observer would have tried the drug first upon a single case, perhaps upon himself, and would then have patiently awaited the result before he prescribed it to others. Secondly, having found that the drug given in tengrain doses produced alarming symptoms in seventeen out of eighteen patients, he forthwith prescribed it in five-grain doses to sixteen patients, ten of whom, as it turned out, were unable to take it, uud in one of whom the symptoms induced by it were quite as serious as in any of the previous series of cases. This single case is sufficient to establish the charge of indiscretion, for any careful therapeutist, finding the drug in ten-grain doses so universally toxic in its effects, would have dropped his dose at once to one grain, and then cautiously increased it until he obtained physiological effects. On this point wc must still adhere to our assertion, made a fortnight ago, that Dr. Murrell's mode of conducting out-patient prac tice is 'altogether exceptional, and would not meet with the approval of ...
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