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To the Editor:—
The necessity for careful verification of foreign abstracts of published scientific research has recently been brought home to me forcibly. In Chemical Abstracts for June 20, 1939, page 752, appeared the following abstract:Poisoning by cobra venom. Symmetrical necrosis of the renal cortex. Uremia. A. Penna de Azevedo and J. de Castro Teixeira. Men. inst. Oswaldo Cruz 33:23-37 (1938).—Pathol. and anatomical changes in a fatal case of snake bite Bothrops jararaca) are described....This article aroused my curiosity because of a reference to striking changes produced in the kidneys in the particular case of snake bite cited. At that time I had conducted an extensive research concerning the effect of cobra venom solutions on kidney and liver function of laboratory animals and I had found, both by making physiologic function tests and by histologic examination of kidney tissue in some of the animals killed for this
Macht DI. A PHILOLOGIC ADVENTURE IN PHARMACOLOGY. JAMA. 1940;114(1):77. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810010079023