About a year ago "Somnos," a proprietary preparation put out by the H. K. Mulford Company, was taken up by the Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry. Preliminary examination showed that it was a preparation of chloral, probably a solution of a weak compound of chloral and glycerin. The advertising literature sent out by the H. K. Mulford Company was worded in such a way as to hide from physicians the real nature of the preparation, but, instead, stress was laid on the claim that it was free from chloral. The attention of the officers of the company was called to the matter, and it was hoped that they would submit a plain statement regarding the composition of the preparation and modify the literature to conform with the actual facts. This they did not seem inclined to do, at least they did not do it.
The Council having become satisfied regarding
THE PHARMACOLOGY OF "SOMNOS.". JAMA. 1906;XLVII(11):863-864. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520110047007