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To the Editor.—
We request use of your column to warn of a dangerous drug dosage error in the article on "Infective Endocarditis" by one of us (P.B.B.) in the new (14th) edition of the Textbook of Medicine, published by W.B. Saunders Company.The error is on page 315 in column 1, paragraph 6, where the recommended dose of gentamicin is given as 50 to 100 mg/kg of body weight. The correct figure should be "1.0 to 1.5 mg/kg of body weight, intramuscularly or intravenously, every eight hours." We would also like to amend the drug dosage of kanamycin that appears in the same paragraph, from 10 to 20 mg/kg of body weight to read: "5 mg/kg of body weight, intramuscularly or intravenously, every eight hours."The error was discovered after several thousand copies of the book had been distributed in May and June of this year. All copies
Beeson PB. Textbook Erratum. JAMA. 1975;233(12):1260. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03260120022014