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January 31, 1925


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Kansas City, Mo.

JAMA. 1925;84(5):388. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660310062032

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To the Editor:  —I wish to comment briefly on a letter written by Dr. Harry Lutz, Augusta, Kan., published January 17.Physicians who have had little or no experience with sodium thiosulphate might believe what Dr. Lutz has said. I have had little experience with the use of sodium thiosulphate in the treatment of lead poisoning; therefore I know little about its merits in this condition. I would consider, however, that it is just as important to use sodium thiosulphate in the treatment of acute arsenic and mercury poisoning as it is to sterilize one's instruments before an abdominal operation. Sodium thiosulphate is as much a specific in mercury poisoning as quinin is in malaria.We cannot expect medicine to restore to an individual his kidney after a nephrectomy, and because a medicine does not restore an organ after it has been removed or destroyed by disease or poison is

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