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April 30, 1904

Death and Blindness from Wood Alcohol.

JAMA. 1904;XLII(18):1153. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490630039016

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Chicago, April 23, 1904.

To the Editor:  —The following circular letter has been sent to members of the Section on Ophthalmology of the American Medical Association and to some other physicians who would be most likely to furnish the desired information. If any of your readers, who have not received the circular, will assist in the investigation, by sending a report of unpublished cases, it will be gratefully received and acknowledged:In my judgment the time has arrived for placing preparations containing wood alcohol on the list of poisons. It would also, in my opinion, be appropriate if the initial steps were to proceed from the Section on Ophthalmology of the American Medical Association. As representative of that body in the House of Delegates I am gathering evidence to prove the toxicity of methylated preparations, a short account of which I propose to lay, first of all, before the Section,

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