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November 27, 1943

Current Comment

JAMA. 1943;123(13):839-840. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840480039015

HOPE (FALSE) FOR THE VICTIMS OF ARTHRITIS  Under Correspondence in this issue of The Journal appears a letter from Dr. Ralph H. Boots, New York, relative to an article in the Reader's Digest for November titled "Hope for the Victims of Arthritis." In 1937 the Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry of the American Medical Association indicated that a product called Ertron, which is a capsule containing some 50,000 U. S. P. units of vitamin D, was not acceptable for New and Nonofficial Remedies. The flamboyant advertising then used for the product was condemned. The Council also said that there was no proof that such large doses of vitamin D are not toxic and it concluded "Critical examination of the reports on the value of vitamin D in the treatment of chronic arthritis reveals little to warrant the belief that the beneficial effects claimed are specific." In the