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August 2, 1924


JAMA. 1924;83(5):371. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660050057019

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Prohibition of the Use of Both White and Yellow Phosphorus for Matches  There came into force, July 1, a law that prohibits the use of both white and yellow phosphorus in the manufacture of matches. Their importation from other countries and their sale are also forbidden. The probihition is suspended only with relation to the lighting cords used in mines for safety lamps. This new law is the result of repeated urging by the medical board of the workmen's insurance office, which has to support for the remainder of their lives hundreds of workmen who have become incapacitated on account of phosphorus poisoning. One of the wards of the surgical section of the university clinic had always many cases of phosphorus necrosis, the destruction of tissue being mostly so extensive that treatment was of no avail.

Mortality from Diabetes  The statistical records of Roumania show that the death rate from

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