It is difficult not to conclude that results,
such as these, are sufficiently successful as to at
least warrant a thorough and prolonged trial.
It may be urged that the influence of antitoxin
has not been given the prominence due to it, but has
purposely been disregarded as being in the same proportion for the Control Cases.
Treatment would, therefore, appear to resolve
1. Adequate and early doses of Antitoxin;
2. Rest in proportion to the severity of the
3. Gradual and proportionate stimulation by
Non -blood- pressure raising drugs;
4. The use of Formic Acid and the Formates;
and until proof positive negatives it, that, with
such results, a thorough trial of such lines of
treatment must be made at the expense of the older
treatment which relied for stimulation solely on an
increase of blood pressure, while it would seem to
be the case that Formic Acid and the Formates, by
their influence on every complication of importance
in diphtheria, render them, in that disease, drugs
of the greatest importance.