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May 27, 1939


JAMA. 1939;112(21):2190. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800210084025

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To the Editor:—  In The Journal April 1 appeared a letter from Dr. L. Zwillinger of Prostějov, Czechoslovakia, relative to the therapeutic use of magnesium sulfate in paroxysmal tachycardia. I should like to correct a false impression which evidently was created by my informal discussion of Dr. George Fahr's paper. The mere fact as stated that I had successfully used magnesium sulfate in several cases should not have been construed as a claim to priority in its use. In Europe as well as in the United States through The Journal the work of Dr. Zwillinger has been publicized. An editorial "we in Vienna" might have been in better taste, or since the purpose of my brief discussion was merely to remind the audience of the use of magnesium sulfate in tachycardia, the "first person" could and should have been omitted entirely. I am but one of a number of cardiologists

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