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October 11, 1952


Author Affiliations

White Plains, N. Y.

JAMA. 1952;150(6):586. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.63680060005015c

Rodenticides containing thallium salts are readily obtainable by the general public. The products are made in the shape of nuts or similar forms, in order to make them attractive to the rodents. When put up in such a manner, the agent is equally attractive to young children. Mazzei and Schaposnik,1 Welty and Berrey,2 and Grulee and Clark3 have recently reported cases of thallium poisoning in children. We are reporting herein two additional cases of thallotoxicosis. The first signs of poisoning in these cases was alopecia of the scalp. These cases are reported to emphasize further the need for physicians to be on constant watch for this condition.

REPORT OF CASES  N. C., a 3-year-old white girl, had been completely well until the evening of June 13, 1951, when her mother noticed a small area of baldness on the top of her head. By the following morning the