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February 18, 1928


JAMA. 1928;90(7):563-564. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02690340065036

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To the Editor:  —The development of argyria from the use of hair dyes containing silver salts has been suggested as a possibility and therefore such compounds have not met with the approval of those who have investigated the harmful effects of cosmetic preparations. Cole (The Dermatoses Due to Cosmetics, The Journal, Jan. 14, 1924, p. 1904; Investigation of Injuries from Hair Dyes, Dyed Furs and Cosmetics, ibid., Feb. 5, 1927, p. 397) and McCafferty (Hair Dyes and Their Toxic Effects, Arch. Dermat. & Syph.14:136 [Aug.] 1926) are of the opinion that argyria may develop, but no definite instances are reported. This of course is known to those who market such dyes and may be used as an excuse to exclude them from any possible legislation against those proved to be harmful by actual case reports.In the recent flurry for expert opinion (Expert Opinion on Hair Dyes—Take It

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