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July 28, 1923


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Guthrie, Okla.

JAMA. 1923;81(4):319. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650040059035

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To the Editor:  —In looking over The Journal of July 14, I find a little item about "Nuxated Iron" in which the statement is made that the nostrum contains very little iron and a negligible quantity of "nux." A few days ago I was called to see a boy about 2½ years old who had eaten thirty-two "Nuxated Iron" tablets. He died of strychnin poisoning about two hours after he had taken the tablets and before I reached him (the child lived 20 miles from my office and it was some time after he got the stuff that I was called). I hardly believe that the parents of this child could be convinced that the quantity of nux in those particular tablets was negligible.

[Comment.  —When The Journal, in its recent item, stated that analysis had shown "Nuxated Iron" to contain a negligible amount of "nux," it was referring to

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