August 1982

A Historical Note

Author Affiliations

Worcester, Mass

Arch Intern Med. 1982;142(8):1585. doi:10.1001/archinte.1982.00340210183047

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To the Editor.  —The review of Francisco and Ferris on the use and abuse of diuretics published in the Archives (1982;142:28-32) was most helpful. I would only take exception to the historical note on the discovery of organomercurials. To my knowledge, it was not "a diligent nurse" who recorded the increase in urine output after the administration of merbaphen. Rather, it was Alfred Vogl, then a medical student at the Allgemeines Krankenhaus in Vienna, who made this discovery. Dr Vogl escaped to the United States in the 1930s, where he was a distinguished professor at New York University School of Medicine and New York Medical College.

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