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Opinion: On American medical care

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We the People

By Dr. Harry Spalding

I started practicing in the relative teen age of modern medicine, when the first of the new powerful effective medicines were first being used. Penicillin and sulfa drugs were coming into common usage as anti-infectants, and penicillin could be given only by shots. Thiazide diuretics and reserpine were the first really effective drugs for hypertension? Before that only phenobarbital and a low salt diet were the treatments. Thank God insulin was an effective treatment for diabetes, and nitroglycerin for heart attacks.


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