Fluoroform in Whooping Cough.
In their chemical relation bromoform, chloroform, iodoform, and fluoroform are closely allied. A few years ago bromoform was urged upon the profession as a reliable cure for whooping-cough. Some French observers have recently brought forward fluoroform as a cure for this intractable disease. This is one of the lightest of chemical compounds, but it may be dissolved in water in the form of a colorless, odorless, and almost tasteless, solution which is quite permanent. This solution which contains nearly three per cent of the gas was given in doses varying in accordance with the age of the child, from one drop up to one hundred drops a day. One hundred and twenty cases were treated with this remedy, all of which showed some improvement. In most of them the cough decreased rapidly, and the improvement was pronounced from the first.