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March 31, 1917

The Shortage of Salvarsan

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Atlanta, Ga.

JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(13):995. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270030327028

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March 19, 1917.

To the Editor:  —In The Journal, March 10, 1917, p. 785, there appeared a comment on the salvarsan situation in this country at the present time. As I am particularly interested in obtaining salvarsan, I wrote to Senator Hoke Smith, enclosing the article from The Journal. The letter to Senator Smith was as follows:Hon. Hoke Smith,U. S. Senate, Washington, D. C.

Dear Sir:  —As one of the physicians of your constituency, I write to direct your attention particularly to the shortage of salvarsan in this country. This subject is briefly but well presented in the enclosed editorial clipped from the last copy of The Journal of the American Medical Association.Those of us who are engaged in active practice encounter a very large number of cases of ill health, the primary cause of which is syphilis. Salvarsan has proved to be of wonderful efficiency in

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