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December 3, 1887


JAMA. 1887;IX(23):734. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400220030011

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Dear Sir:  —Allow me to call your attention to a few misleading statements in the issue of The Journal, on page 637, in the letter from London. Your correspondent speaks of two new salicylates attracting attention, or being recently introduced into therapeutics, namely: salicylate of mercury and of lithia (lithium). It is especially to the latter I beg to call your attention.1. The lithium salicylate (LiO, HO, C14, H4, O4, HO.), is not a comparatively new preparation; it is officinal in the U. S. P. of 1880, and has been extensively used both on the Continent and in this country in doses ranging from 1 to 4 grams in 24 hours, as a remedy for rheumatism, especially of a subacute or chronic type, and also in gouty diathesis.2. It is not insoluble, being instead deliquescent, and to keep it, it is necessary to use a

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