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To the Editor:—
A potentially interesting coincidence occurs in the October 2 issue of The Journal. On page 1142 there is a report by the Bureau of Investigation concerning a reducing compound, "Pompay," which is being distributed by some of the largest and best known department stores in the country. According to the analysis of the American Medical Association Chemical Laboratory, the preparation is essentially 6.6 per cent salicylic acid in petrolatum. The directions for its use recommend that the entire body, including the face, be covered with the ointment and that it be left on for a length of time that would amount to more than an hour. A single jar of the stuff contains enough for seven applications.On page 1160 of the same issue appears an abstract of a paper by G. Sannicandro in Dermosifilografo, in which he describes the case of a boy of 7 years
Reed RE. CONSTITUTIONAL EFFECTS OF SALICYLIC ACID IN OINTMENT. JAMA. 1937;109(20):1654–1655. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780460064027
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