W. H. GLASS, M.D.
The venom of the water moccasin snake (Ancistrodon piscivorus) is used with some frequency in a heterogeneous group of diseases manifesting excess bleeding. Pecke and Rosenthal1 reported enthusiastically about its beneficial effects in epistaxis of long standing, excess uterine bleeding, Osler's disease (hereditary hemorrhagic multiple telangiectasis), and various forms of purpura based on either toxic, allergic, or endocrinal abnormality. They state categorically that there are no contraindications to snake venom therapy. The venom was given subcutaneously for systemic effects in their series of cases, as has become the accepted procedure.
The venom of the Fer-de-lance (Bothrops atrox) is packaged and
GLASS WH. PERSISTENT TACHYCARDIA CAUSED BY SNAKE VENOM1. Ann Intern Med. ;31:517–519. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-31-3-517
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1949;31(3):517-519.
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