Medicine: Drug Notes, Oct. 8, 1945

New & old drugs made news last week:

¶ "Periston," a German-concocted synthetic chemical, was mixed with water and used by the Nazis as a blood plasma substitute. Periston resembles gelatin and gum acacia (sometimes used for the same purpose) but is safer than either — so say the Germans, who gave more than 200,000 treatments "with practically no reactions."

¶ Penicillin can be given in ice cream. Doctors at the San Diego Naval Training Center, treating sore throat, scarlet fever and trench mouth, stir penicillin into soft ice cream, put the mixture in...

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