Medicine: Drug Notes, Jan. 15, 1945

Newly reported uses for old drugs:

¶ Prostigmine, a chemical long used against myasthenia gravis (a sometimes fatal fatigue& -weakness disease) and lately found useful for polio (TIME, Aug. 23, 1943), now turns out to help some cases of crippling arthritis, spastic paralysis, facial paralysis, paralytic stroke. After treatment with prostigmine, one paralytic, reported Dr. Herman Rabat of the U.S. Public Health Service, moved his right side for the first time in 17 years.

¶Penicillin lozenges, made of penicillin and gelatin, will clear up trench mouth in a day, tonsillitis in two days,...

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