Medicine: For Stroke

Doctors have not been able to do much for a victim of apoplexy (stroke) until he recovers from the initial shock. Now Drs. N. C. Gilbert and Geza de Takats, of Chicago's St. Luke's Hospital, think that they may have a treatment in procaine (the local anesthetic common in dentistry). In the Journal of the American Medical Association, the doctors reported last week that procaine, injected into certain nerves of the neck as soon as possible after a stroke, seems to relieve spasms in the brain's blood vessels.

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