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April 2, 1938


Author Affiliations

Washington, D. C. Chief, Soil Chemistry and Physics Research Division, Bureau of Chemistry and Soils, U. S. Department of Agriculture.

JAMA. 1938;110(14):1128. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790140060023

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To the Editor:—  In your issue of Dec. 25, 1937, under Current Comment you report on the retention and elimination of selenium in an article by M. I. Smith, B. B. Westfall and E. F. Stohlman Jr. (Pub. Health. Rep.52:1171 [Aug. 27] 1937). By implication one may infer that interruption of ingestion of selenium is followed by its removal from the system and cessation of injury.The paper by Dr. Hazel E. Munsell, Grace M. DeVaney and Mary H. Kennedy indicates that such injury persists even though the selenium is removed from the animal body. Also it shows rather conclusively that organic selenium is of the same order of toxicity as sodium selenite. This is also shown by the work of the late Dr. Kurt Franke of South Dakota and his associates. A summary of the data along this line is given in Bulletin 311, Alkali Disease or

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