Medicine: Aspirin, Potatoes, Charcoal

Last week a stack of British medical journals, long delayed, reached the U. S. Largely devoted to such grim warlike topics as blood transfusions, epidemics, war neuroses and head injuries, the journals still had space for tidbits of civil medicine. Sample tidbits:

> Doctors have never taken much stock in antiseptic gargles except as soothers. In fact, many consider plain hot water just as good as a fancy mixture. Last fortnight the Lancet reported a "totally unexpected" indictment of aspirin gargles. Quoting laboratory studies, they reported that "appreciable quantities of the calcium of the teeth go into solution when an aspirin...

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