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June 6, 1977

Broken Thermometer and Mercury Absorption

Author Affiliations

Rehovot, Israel

JAMA. 1977;237(23):2472. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270500024018

To the Editor.—  The implication that could be derived from Olivera (236:1936, 1976), that the absorption of mercury from a broken thermometer has no clinical importance, may not be quite correct. We recently had a patient who swallowed the mercury from a broken thermometer, and later it appeared in the urine at a level above the maximal permissible concentration.1