October 29, 1932


JAMA. 1932;99(18):1513-1514. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740700053022

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Under the title "Bad Drugs and the Law," Arthur Kallet and F. J. Schlink in the Nation for October 19 consider three subjects—"Ergot," "Ether" and "Prescriptions." The article on ergot opens with this statement:

"For an extra profit of half a cent, American drug manufacturers have helped dig the graves of thousands of women dead of hemorrhage in childbirth."

Possibly—but not probably—more fantastic falsehoods have appeared in reputable magazines than the one just quoted. Kallet and Schlink, who should know better, have apparently swallowed, hook, line and sinker, the preposterous and fantastic publicity which the Ambruster clique has been trying to get into newspapers and magazines for several years. It will be remembered that Ambruster owned some Spanish ergot and became considerably worked up because of difficulties in advertising and selling it. This entire matter was discussed in detail in a special article published in The Journal, Sept. 6, 1930,

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