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To the Editor:—
Some of the statements in the excellent article from the New York City Poison Control Center by Dr. Harold Jacobziner in The Journal, Nov. 28, 1960, page 1769, need further discussion. First of all, the cases reported to the Poison Control Center represent only a small proportion of all cases of accidental poisoning incurred by children in New York City. A study by Dr. Paul Wehrle and others from the Upstate Medical Center of the State University of New York at Syracuse indicates that the actual incidence of poisonings is probably close to 50,000 cases per year in New York City for persons under 20 years of age, although about 3,300 cases per year were reported in the period of Dr. Jacobziner's study. It is quite possible to make generalizations from a small sample if it is properly chosen, but Dr. Jacobziner's sample may have some large
Bissell DM. ACCIDENTAL POISONING. JAMA. 1960;172(14):1555. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020140091020