Medicine: Sulfd Debits & Credits

The sulfa drugs are wonderful—and dangerous unless properly used. It was clear last week that this simple fact, unrealized by a large part of the public, was also unrealized by many members of the medical profession. Sulfa experts were worried about the common use of the drugs where the use was not specifically indicated. They were worried by the tendency of some physicians to prescribe sulfa without subsequently keeping a close eye on the patient.

Toxic reactions from the drugs are frequent—a survey of sulfas taken internally shows that some toxic reaction occurred in...

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