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The beds of potassium salts in Stassfurt and other localities in Germany have been shut off from commerce by the war, and we are threatened with a shortage of potassium salts. As the supply of sodium salts is practically inexhaustible in this country, why should we not prescribe them? While many of us in prescribing the bromid have fallen into the habit of prescribing potassium bromid, we know of no reason why sodium bromid would not be just as good, at least in practically all cases.
Though it may be difficult to get out of the habit of prescribing potassium iodid, it is doubtful whether it is any more effective than sodium iodid. Sodium acetate could easily be substituted for the potassium acetate. The potassium saltsare slightly more stable than the sodium salts, but in general the salts of the one base have no marked therapeutic advantage over the corresponding
SODIUM VERSUS POTASSIUM COMPOUNDS. JAMA. 1914;LXIII(12):1034. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02570120054019
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