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—The patient, A. M., a man aged 22, in whom a primary lesion appeared in March, 1912, first consulted a homeopathic practitioner, who dispensed tablets of the protoiodid of mercury. After three weeks' use of his drug, the patient became badly salivated and consequenly stopped mercurial treatment. He was then advised by a layman to treat with a certain Detroit physician, who, he was told, would cure him without the use of mercury. His adviser said that the father of this physician had "cured" him about twenty years before without mercury. The patient wrote to the Detroit physician, who replied that he could furnish any number of testimonials concerning the efficacy of his treatment, which he guaranteed contained no mercury. I found this claim to be untrue. A graduate pharmacist made a partial qualitative analysis and found that the preparation he used did contain mercury. The patient at this
Levis HJ. AN EYE LESION FOLLOWING TWO INTRAVENOUS INJECTIONS OF SALVARSAN, BUT RELIEVED BY ITS FURTHER USE. JAMA. 1913;60(18):1359. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04340180021010