Iodism is now rarely seen, since iodides have been replaced by other remedies. At present iodine intoxication is limited mainly to attempts at suicide or to accidentally swallowing the tincture of iodine.
The introduction of solutions and compounds containing large percentages of iodine are used extensively in therapeutics or as opaque substances for radiography of cerebral and spinal spaces, genito-urinary organs, uterus and tubes, sinuses and bronchi. Such preparations are potential sources of iodism. Idiosyncrasy to iodine and inevitable errors and accidents of technic may lead to an increasing frequency of these conditions unless the dangers are realized and measures for prevention and treatment are instituted.
The following account of my own case may be of interest:
April 29, 1932, at 10: 30 a. m., 30 cc. of chloriodized peanut oil, as a therapeutic measure for chronic bronchitis and diagnostic aid for suggestive early bronchiectasis, was administered to me by
FIRTH JO. IODISM. JAMA. 1933;100(2):110. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740020028008
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