June 15, 1963


JAMA. 1963;184(11):888-889. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700240080015

Thesaurosis, or thesaurismosis, as it was first known, is a condition in which unusually large amounts of normal or abnormal substances are stored in the body. Diseases of this type have been divided into two groups: one is characterized by the storage of exogenous substances—dusts or chemicals are found in cells and organs; the other is characterized by the storage of endogenous materials—abnormally large amounts of proteins, fats, lipids, carbohydrates, or pigments are found in cells and organs. These concepts are not of recent origin.

With the practicing physician's increased awareness of the possible deleterious effects of our chemical environment, there has developed a tendency to relate all disease entities, new or old, to the effects of exposure to and absorption of some new chemical. Unfortunately, many definitive conclusions are all too frequently based upon assumptions, inferences, and hasty associations.

The first suggestion that the use of hair sprays would

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