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February 19, 1887

POISONOUS ARSENICAL WALL-PAPERS.Read before the Section for Clinical Medicine, Pathology and Hygiene, of the Suffolk District Medical Society, January 12, 1887.

JAMA. 1887;VIII(8):206-207. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391330010001e

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Abstract

In the presence of so many chemical experts and learned general practitioners, it would be presumptuous in me to treat this subject systematically or exhaustively. Moreover, my purpose in opening this discussion is to present, by fresh instances, to the public and profession, the dangers to which every citizen of this commonwealth is exposed by the manufacture and sale of papers for our walls, so charged with arsenic as to produce characteristic symptoms of the poisoning by that mineral in the persons occupying the rooms thus papered. The Legislature of this State, last winter failed to pass a bill prohibiting the use of arsenic in the coloring of wall papers, so that the only means by which we can save ourselves from this poison, is to disseminate so full an appreciation of our danger throughout the community as cause every individual to protect himself and his family. This end can

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