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January 29, 1916


Author Affiliations


From the Medical Service, Lakeside Hospital.

JAMA. 1916;LXVI(5):331-333. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02580310013004

The salicylate of strontium has had a therapeutic reputation for which there is no satisfactory foundation discoverable. It has enjoyed a vogue that is largely due to the propaganda of manufacturers rather than to the writings of any experimenters or carefully observing clinicians. The literature on strontium is quite meager and not at all convincing. The standard works on therapeutics are quite uniform in the statements regarding the use of strontium, so uniform in fact that it suggests the probability that they are from the same original source and that strontium has been "lugged along" from one edition to another from no well established starting point. For instance, Wood1 says:

The strontium salicylate, nonofficial, is a valuable compound, which slowly yields up its salicylic acid in the alimentary canal, and has the great advantage of being much less apt to derange the digestion. It is, however, too slow in