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September 10, 1932


Author Affiliations

San Francisco. Professor of Pharmacology, University of California Medical School

JAMA. 1932;99(11):936. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740630062030

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To the Editor:  —Protest should be entered against the apparently commercialized exploitation of the various unscientific and irrational mixtures proposed by George B. Pitkin, M.D., of Bergenfield, N. J. A few courageous workers were bold enough to call attention to the irrational mixture containing procaine, starch and strychnine proposed for "controlled spinal anesthesia" and exploited under the trademarked name of "Spinocaine" by the H. A. Metz Laboratories, Inc.Recently Dr. Pitkin proposed another irrational mixture of protein, lipoids and emetine, for intravenous injection in the treatment of peptic ulcer. Dr. Pitkin's report on this mixture was grossly uncritical, the exact composition of the mixture was not stated although meticulous directions for its administration were given, and it is obvious that whatever beneficial results were claimed in the report were due to the admitted use of what was essentially a Sippy diet along with this extraordinary intravenous medication. The H. A.

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