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April 25, 1914

THE BEHAVIOR OF TIN IN THE BODY

JAMA. 1914;LXII(17):1333. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02560420039020
Abstract

Although the salts of tin are no longer used therapeutically, the behavior of this metal in the body demands consideration for more practical reasons. Tin enters into the composition of all sorts of vessels and containers which are employed in the preparation, distribution, serving or preservation of food; and it is present in the parts of various machines or mechanical devices with which various edible products or potable liquids come into contact in the course of their manufacture into marketable form. There can be no doubt that tin has been contained in preserved foods, as a result of its being dissolved off the vessels used. Apparently, it is not often, if ever, present in sufficient quantities to induce detectable poisoning; for although some cases of "tin-poisoning" are reported in medical literature, in no instance has it been satisfactorily established that tin was the real cause of the intoxication. How little

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