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Chicago, March 15, 1906.
To the Editor:
—Under a trade-mark name, a pleasant and palatable preparation of castor oil is being distributed among physicians. A small vial containing a sample of a sweetened, tasteless, palatable and non-acrid (I am not aware that castor oil possesses acrid properties) castor oil is sent to the practitioner, and this, in a few weeks, is followed by a circular calling attention to the sample and expatiating on the merits of this elegant and improved pharmaceutical preparation. According to this circular, this preparation is composed of nearly pure castor oil, consisting of 99.99 per cent, of absolute castor oil, the remaining.01 per cent, being aromatic corrigents and sweetening adjuvants. Even sepsis appears to be a factor in ordinary castor oil, as this special preparation is rendered "aseptic." Castor oil is and always will be par excellence, the laxative of choice of the laity. The physician
Ritter J. Palatable Castor Oil.. JAMA. 1906;XLVI(15):1123. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510420053018