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September 19, 1942


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JAMA. 1942;120(3):227. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830380059029

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To the Editor:—  To those of us who practiced medicine before the era of the mercurial diuretics, the articles which appeared in The Journal, July 25, pages 998 to 1011, seem almost sacrilegious. Then to cap the climax there is a case report in the August 8 issue in which a death is reported which cannot be attributed, even by the widest stretch of the imagination, to the injection of a mercurial diuretic, one month before death.Only in the paper of Drs. Graff and Nadler is there even a hint as to the enormous number of injections that have been given in the course of the years. Still they were able to collect only twenty-six deaths in sixteen years, and even in some of these it is questionable whether a mercurial diuretic played any part in the deaths. Mercurial diuretics are particularly indicated in cases in which sudden deaths

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