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May 22, 1926


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JAMA. 1926;86(21):1642. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670470050025

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To the Editor:  —In The Journal, March 20, Stokes called attention to his observation that the disagreeable odor and taste of the arsphenamines, when given intravenously, may be overcome by the use of a wafer containing wintergreen or clove. I imagine that Dr. Stokes' patient used a "life saver" such as are sold at the corner drugstores. This expedient was apparently helpful.In The Journal, May 1, Broeman calls attention to the fact that good results were obtained by having his patients smell a cotton plug moistened with bay rum. Both of these are inexpensive, easily carried out and apparently effectual.No doubt there are other methods, the descriptions of which might tax the allotted space in The Journal. Will you please allow me to inform the readers of this column that an efficient and economical way of controlling such disagreeable effects of the arsphenamines is to have the patient

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