Medicine: Heart Advances

Progress reports in the war on heart disease, presented to last week's annual meeting of the American Heart Association in Chicago:

¶ A new and potent drug, chlorothiazide (trade-named Diuril by manufacturers Merck Sharp & Dohme, though not yet released for general prescription use), taken by mouth, can be highly effective as a diuretic, stimulating the body to get rid of excess water, which causes edema (dropsy) in patients with enlarged and failing hearts. Columbia University's Dr. John H. Laragh and Dr. Felix E. Demartini reported that chlorothiazide works well by itself, also increases the effectiveness of other diuretics when given in...

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