December 1963


Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics University of Washington Seattle
Senior Medical Student Ohio State University Columbus

Am J Dis Child. 1963;106(6):637. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1963.02080050639019

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To the Editor: To corroborate the findings of Dr. A. Raimo pertinent to his new "safety cap and bottle" (Amer J Dis Child 106:232 [Aug] 1963), the following data support his contention that the device holds real promise—provided it is used wisely.

Using one of Dr. Raimo's devices, as well as a standard commercial safety-cap bottle, we approached 30 children ages three to five years at Columbus Children's Hospital. Each was challenged to remove at least one tablet—with no time limitation. While with the commercial bottle five succeeded immediately, none of the 30 was able to solve the dilemma posed by the new device. However, assuming the average child was a keen observer and adept imitator and would be likely to mimic his mother in removing tablets, we went one step further; we gave each child a single demonstration of how to solve the riddle. Each was then retested. This

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