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July 13, 1946


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Washington, D. C. Commissioner of Narcotics.

JAMA. 1946;131(11):937. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870280063020

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To the Editor:—  You were the first to call my attention to the new drug Dolantin, which was discovered in Germany and which made its appearance several years ago in the Argentine. You also called my attention to the fact that both countries had immediately placed this drug under strict control. You ventured the suggestion that the drug would make its appearance in the United States and probably had addiction liabilities similar to morphine. Your prediction was correct. The drug was introduced in the United States under the name Demerol. Its addiction properties were found to be similar to morphine by the United States Public Health Service Hospital at Lexington, Ky., where scientific studies in this field are the best in the world. This was confirmed by others who experimented with the drug.Now comes an article by Paul de Kruif in the June issue of the Reader's Digest entitled

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