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November 27, 1943


Author Affiliations

5916 Griswold Avenue, Cleveland. Medical Student, Ohio State University College of Medicine.

JAMA. 1943;123(13):857. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840480057023

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To the Editor:—  The article in the November 1943 issue of the Reader's Digest entitled "Hope for the Victims of Arthritis," by Paul de Kruif, has undoubtedly already been called to your attention. However, I am afraid that the average physician is not yet aware of the fact that the sales of vitamin D preparations to the layman have increased more than 500 per cent during the past few days. My experience as a pharmacist, which I took as premedical training, has made me fully realize the extreme danger that can be evolved from such liberal self medication without proper control.Already I have encountered complaints of nausea and slight diarrhea from some of these patients who, without seeking the proper advice of their family physicians, have resorted to self medication with highly concentrated forms of vitamin D preparations.It certainly seems advisable at present to forewarn the public of

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