Medicine: Sleeper Cure

Dr. Frederic James Farnell of Providence, R. I., last week reported that he had gained a measure of success in treating sleeping sickness by the use of a hypertonic solution of iodine.

Treatment depended upon his observation that the brains of people who die of sleeping sickness are relatively waterlogged, and upon the fact that his hypertonic iodine solution demanded water in quantities. He injected his iodine (which was not poisonous) directly into the blood of patients sick with brain lethargy. Through the blood the iodine drained water from the brain.

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