WESLEY W. SPINK, M.D., F.A.C.P.
It was pointed out in previous reviews on this subject that the judicious use of adrenocorticotropin and the corticosteroids frequently contributed to immediate improvement in the condition of patients seriously ill with infections and their complications.1, 2 Additional evidence has been widely documented in the literature. That these steroids were potentially dangerous agents and should be administered cautiously was also emphasized. But accumulated clinical experience has not demonstrated serious side-effects, except in rare instances, when the adrenocorticosteroids were used over a brief period of time in critically ill patients. On the contrary, the benefits have far outweighed the hazards. However,
SPINK WW. ADRENOCORTICAL STEROIDS IN THE MANAGEMENT OF SELECTED PATIENTS WITH INFECTIOUS DISEASES1. Ann Intern Med. 1960;53:1–32. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-53-1-1
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