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To the Editor:
—I have long felt certain that the term "Niemeyer's pill" was being erroneously applied to the well-known pill of calomel, squill and digitalis, but while I have availed myself of frequent opportunities to correct students regarding its use I did not think that the matter was sufficiently important to demand public notice until several months ago I found The Journal of the American Medical Association, I think in its therapeutic department, making the same error. Then it seemed to me time to speak out.The true Niemeyer's pill was suggested by Felix von Niemeyer about 1886 and 1867 with a view to combating the pyrexia of pulmonary consumption. The following is the language on page 68 of his little classic brochure entitled "Clinical Lectures on Pulmonary Consumption," translated by the New Sydenham Society in 1870:"Among the remedies which are in many cases successful in reducing the
Tyson J. Niemeyer's Pill. JAMA. 1911;LVI(3):211. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560030047024