Medicine: Trial & Error

Reflecting the trial-&-error nature of their profession, doctors last week praised sky-high one new drug, damned another which until lately they had praised skyhigh, found a new use for a third.

Benzedrine is a synthetic colorless liquid, chemically related to adrenalin. Smith, Kline & French Laboratories of Philadelphia have a patent on the drug until 1950. Benzedrine is ordinarily used as a nasal spray or inhalant to reduce congestion due to head colds, sinusitis, rhinitis, hay fever, asthma. Larger doses of the drug cause restlessness, sleeplessness.

Restlessness and sleeplessness being precisely what doctors try...

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