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May 28, 1910


JAMA. 1910;LIV(22):1791. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550480035005

The report by the Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry, which appears elsewhere1 in this issue, is of more than ordinary interest. The preparation with which the report deals—Chinosol—was originally advertised as a most remarkable antiseptic and germicide free from the dangers of poisoning. These claims were so important that an investigation of the product was undertaken by the Council, the results of which were published as a report in The Journal Jan. 25, 1908. This investigation verified the statement that Chinosol is a good antiseptic, but it showed, on the other hand, that the germicidal action of the product is vastly inferior to that which was claimed for it. In its report, the Council accepted the conclusions of Weyl—since proven erroneous—that Chinosol has toxic properties and it pointed out that the chemical composition, as given by the American agents, had repeatedly been shown to be false and could be