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May 3, 1930


JAMA. 1930;94(18):1422-1423. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02710440060024

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Thallium Acetate Kills Fourteen Children  Some children in the Hospicio Provincial of Granada, who had ringworm of the scalp, were treated for more than two years without success with the roentgen rays and antiseptics; they also were isolated in a colony on the seashore, but the disease continued. Dr. Carlos Puertas, who was in charge of the treatment of the children, presented before the Municipal Welfare Committee a report on their condition, and Dr. Blasco Reta, head of the Children's Welfare Department, said that a consultation was held with Dr. Sainz de Aja, a specialist on trichophytosis in Madrid. After the consultation, the children were weighed and their urine examined, and on March 7 treatment with thallium acetate was begun. The treatment was given to sixteen children. They passed the first two days well. But early on March 9, the children began to complain, and one developed acute respiratory symptoms

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