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Potassium Permanganate in the Treatment of Pneumonia

Ann Intern Med. 1929;2(11):1175-1184. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-2-11-1175
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The potassium permanganate treatment of certain diseases of toxic and infectious origin first came to my attention in a purely accidental manner. A professional colleague inadvertently mentioned that this oxidizing antiseptic and deodorant, held in aqueous solution and slowly injected into the rectum as a retained enema, had been reported from England as productive of startling results in pneumonia. I do not know that I gave much heed to the reported discovery at the time, if such a discovery there was. Like most practitioners I had become somewhat immune to enthusiasm over 'discoveries' of pneumonia specifics. Too many of them


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