December 13, 1924


JAMA. 1924;83(24):1942. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660240056031

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To the Editor:  —During the past year, William Wood and Company of New York published a small book of mine on the study of masturbation. A letter which J. F. Ruckel, M.D., Chicago, sent me, was amusing. It shows that some of the fallacies of the fourteenth century are still being practiced today. He claims to have cured 2,000 cases of this habit with a few tablets a day. These tablets are called Dianasiac, and are made by the Toxicide Laboratories of White Pigeon, Mich. They are said to be "a glandular product (?) to equalize the distribution of nerve energy." He says that the same tablets are good for boils, carbuncles, infections and wounds. Three of the four ingredients in the tablets are lachesis, tarantula and psorinum, which the dictionary gives, respectively as venom from a snake, a poisonous spider, and a form of pus. This, in 1924, in the

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