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Make Short Work of ■ PINK EYE * SULFAMETHAZINE < Vh TINTED EMULSION mj/ïï/âM «IM ■ <h xSrjpMtv ? li HI y , t -, . „• — «. Quickly Stops Growth of Bacteria Saves Time and Money Bland and Soothing Effective and Protective Prompt action is called for when farm animals show indications of eye infections. Sulmet Sulfamethazine Tinted Emulsion Lederle, in the new plastic squeeze bottle, helps to control bacterial invasion quickly in pink eye (keratitis), an eye infection common in livestock. Sulmet Sulfamethazine, the all-purpose sulfa, is famous for its prompt and effective action against many costly bacterial infections that formerly took serious toll among farm animals. In emulsion form, Sulmet is easy to administer, time-saving, and its color permits imme diate identification of treated animals. Used before infection is seriously established, one treatment usually is sufficient. In severe infections, 2- or 3-day treatments may be necessary. If there is any evidence of general infection or septi cemia, such as increased temperature, Sulmet Sulfa methazine Oblets*. or Powder should be given by mouth or injections of Sulmet Sodium Sulfamethazine Solution Injectable** given, in addition to local eye treatments. This product must be administered in accordance with our package literature, preferably under the direc tion of a veterinarian. ♦Reg. U. S. Pat. Off, •♦Dispensed by, or on the prescription of, a veterinarian. induit** LEDERLE LABORATORIES DIVISION AMERICAN COMPANY 30 Rockefeller Plazo New York 20, N. Y. New Drugs Perform Wonders But Still Few Cure-alls By DR. HOWARD WELCH the practice of medicine, both human and veterinary, turned the sharpest corner in the history of either profes sion. IN THE LATE 30's and early 40's The development of sulfanilamide, followed in rapid succession by sul fadiazine, and a dozen other drugs of the sulfa group, revolutionized the treatment of infectious diseases and most of the conditions brought on by bacterial invasion. Again, in the early 40's the de velopment of penicillin, the first of the anti-biotics, made a tremendous advance along the same line. Condi tions hitherto considered hopeless yielded to the sulfa drugs, or to penicillin, aureomycin, streptomycin and other antibiotics. Then combina tions of two or more sulfonamides, or of sulfa drugs with penicillin or other antibiotics, in some diseases, proved more effective than a single drug, alone. Later in the 40's, a new element was introduced, the treatment by hormones, the products of the glands that regulate our internal machinery. The field of usefulness of these two hormones, called cortisone, and A. C. T. H. is not completely estab lished as yet, but these drugs have a wide and spectacular range. Other developments along these lines are bound to follow. Becoming Cure-Alls All these curative agents were tre mendously expensive at first, but as they came into mass production, the cost dropped sharply. The first cost of penicillin was terrific, but now, stockmen, and dairymen in particu lar, use penicillin and sulfa drugs liberally and for all imaginable ail ments. One result of this era of miracle drugs has been to convince the pub lic that anything is possible. We have seen the impossible accomplished. Certainly tuberculosis and cancer and leukemia and a dozen other hitherto incurable conditions can also be cured if some smart labora tory worker can just hit on the right combination. The public is completely gullible. Any fast talker can sell almost any thing in the medical line and there are plenty of fast talkers. The pub lie does not wait for indisputable proof of the value of these prepara tions. If they can afford the cost, they will buy. A weird merry-go-round has de veloped as the result of this situa tion. Penicillin is very valuable in the treatment of mastitis in dairy cows, and dairymen that own mas titis-affected cows keep them full of penicillin. Now penicillin prevents the growth of most of the common bacteria, and bacteria are necessary in the process of cheese-making. As a result, milk containing penicillin will not make cheese, and the cream ery people are turning handsprings over this new angle of affairs. A batch of milk loaded with penicillin is a complete loss, as far as cheese is concerned. So now we have a new product for the control of mastitis, inspired by this situation, a mixture of various minerals cobalt, manganese, etc., etc., the so-called trace minerals. This is fed with the grain and is supposed to cure mastitis and is being pushed by cheese makers in order to get away from this penicillin milk. There isn't the slightest proof that trace minerals will cure mastitis or anything else. True, when one or the other of these minerals is lack ing in the forage, something is likely to Rappen. Goiter occurs when iodine is deficient, lack of cobalt causes emaciation and anemia, etc. known germ, a streptococcus, and But mastitis is due to a well these trace minerals have no effect, good or bad, upon bacteria or bac terial diseases. Furthermore, all analyses and investigations have failed to show that there is a lack fi) i v*r* *\»fV \M #• 0* ■S' 41« w J*' > y O'* "Unfortunately, Jackson, working 3 months doesn't quality you to retire." of any of these minerals, except iodine, in any part of Montana. Another outfit is, selling a "trace mineral"^ supplement to cure or pre vent Bang's disease, and stockmen are buying it, just putting off the day when Bang's disease will have to be eradicated by the regular meth ods if the herds are to be maintained on a profitable basis. No one seems to ask for proof that these remedies will do the work; the unsupported word of the salesman seems to be sufficient. No definite recommenda tions are printed on the label, for the manufacturing company has to make good any printed claims of the value of the product. No Guarantees or Proof public use until they have been tried out from every angle, until endless experiments have proved their value Reliable drugs are not released for and the manufacturer can guarantee certain definite results. A new radio, a new car, a new vacuum cleaner— all have a guarantee of satisfactory service. The salesman will be glacf to demonstrate until the customer is satisfied. These machines have been tested and tried and remodeled and worked over until they actually will do what is claimed for them. No such guarantee or proof is sup plied with these mineral remedies, We have orify the bare statements made by the salesmen. We do not say that a mixture of trace minerals will not improve a mastitis case. We do say that there is no earthly son why trace minerals should have any more effect on mastitis than mixture of sawdust and carbolic acid or any other unheard of mixture. rea a Just because a half dozen truly wonderful drugs have been de veloped in the last decade, and there are hopes that further developments »will be made, there is no reason that stockmen and dairymen should buy \anything that is offered to them in the line of alleged cure-alls.