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October 15, 1927


JAMA. 1927;89(16):1353. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690160061030

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To the Editor:  —The editorial on "Digitalization" (The Journal, September 10) should not go unchallenged. It appears that the writer disapproves of digitalization. The editorial is out of tune with many of the articles accepted for publication by The Journal, as well as the special article on "The Therapeutic Use of Digitalis" (Robinson, G. C.; White, P. D.; Eggleston, Cary; and Hatcher, R. A., The Journal, Aug. 16, 1924, p. 504).This editorial contains the assertion, "Digitalization means digitalis poisoning." Whatever the meaning when the word "digitalization" was coined, it is not generally used to signify the toxic action of the drug. Gould's Medical Dictionary, however, defines the word digitalization thus: "Subjection to the effects of digitalin or digitalis." The same dictionary contains the words "digitalism" and "digitalismus," which are defined: "The condition caused by the injudicious use of digitalis, consisting in paralysis of the cardiac action." Dictionary definitions, nevertheless,

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