MORTON A. GOLDMANN, M.D.; ALDO A. LUISADA, M.D.
The numerous measures used in the treatment of acute pulmonary edema (A.P.E.) attest to the fact that no therapy is consistently satisfactory and generally useful in this syndrome. Although reliable statistics of incidence and prognosis in pulmonary edema are unavailable, the condition is widely observed and is frequently followed by death. As previously pointed out,1-4 all conventional therapeutic measures, i.e., morphine and other hypnotics, oxygen under positive pressure, mercurials, venesection, etc., may be harmful in certain cases.
A new method of treatment, utilizing the anti-foaming action of alcohol vapor, was successfully tried in animal experimentation by one of us.1 Following
GOLDMANN MA, LUISADA AA. ALCOHOL-OXYGEN VAPOR THERAPY OF PULMONARY EDEMA: RESULTS IN FIFTY ATTACKS1. Ann Intern Med. ;37:1221–1231. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-37-6-1221
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