The recent publication1 in The Journal of reports of several instances of fatal poisoning from the introduction of bichlorid of mercury tablets into the vagina has aroused some discussion of the growing danger from the promiscuous sale and increasing use of these convenient antiseptic preparations. In this connection the recent review of the cases of sublimate poisoning which have occurred in the German Empire during the years 1897 to 1905,2 will undoubtedly have much interest.
By official action all cases of poisoning with bichlorid of mercury since 1897 have been reported to the governmental health office, and from the reports submitted the above-mentioned review has been compiled. It will undoubtedly cause some surprise that in the entire German Empire there occurred during nine years but one hundred and one cases of poisoning with bichlorid of mercury dispensed in tablet form, and twenty-three from sublimate sold as the powder
POISONING BY SUBLIMATE TABLETS. JAMA. 1910;LIV(23):1877. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550490043008