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September 28, 1946


JAMA. 1946;132(4):238. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870390054019

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To the Editor:—  The following observations may be of interest to you with regard to the controversy between Dr. C. K. Himmelsbach, Chicago, Mr. H. J. Anslinger, Washington, D. C., and Paul de Kruif, Ph.D., Holland, Mich. (The Journal, September 7).In the spring of 1945 I acted as liaison officer between First Army Headquarters and a central "German Sanitary Staff" established temporarily to maintain the function of the large number of captured German medical installations. Repeated inspections of hospitals and numerous trips throughout the occupied area gave me an opportunity to become familiar with administrative and technical experiences and difficulties encountered by the German army.A tragic accident led me to investigate the use of Demerol by the medical department of the German units then under our control. Allied troops which had opened a medical depot found a large stock of an alcoholic preparation of Dolantin (the German trade

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