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September 2, 1939


JAMA. 1939;113(10):961. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800350071025

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To the Editor:—  An article by Benson Bloom appearing in The Journal (The Use of Potassium Salts in Hay Fever, Dec. 17, 1938, p. 2281) extolled the virtues of potassium salts in hay fever. Soon the lay press joined in announcing a new "cure" for hay fever and other allergic states.My practice is limited to allergy, and I received numerous inquiries from physicians and patients pertaining to the effectiveness of potassium chloride in hay fever and other allergies. As a result, I have undertaken a personal study of sixty-four cases to date, in my private practice, covering the cases of tree and grass pollinosis, a few angioneurotic edemas and asthma.The patients were given ten 5 grain (0.3 Gm.) tablets of potassium chloride to be taken, when necessary, three times a day after meals with at least one glassful of water.The results reported by Dr. Bloom differ strikingly

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