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August 23, 1941

PRESCRIPTION OF SULFONAMIDES

JAMA. 1941;117(8):637. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820340059023

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  Do you not think a warning on the unjustifiable, promiscuous and indiscriminate prescribing of the sulfonamides in an effort to curb such unwarranted practice might be timely and perhaps serve a good purpose?A few years ago at a general medical meeting I was the only otolaryngologist of three present who spoke against such practice. The other two and many general practitioners said that they prescribed sulfonamide derivatives as a routine in the home in every case of acute suppurative otitis media. I decried it then, and all the more do I do so now after two years have passed and I have seen the results.Only yesterday I had a typical example of their misuse—and this is not an isolated case: A woman aged 20 had acute suppurative otitis media with a spontaneous perforation on June 15, 1941. The next day her otologist placed her on

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