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April 7, 1917

Yellow Petrolatum

JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(14):1057. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270040045025

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To the Editor:  —With regard to my letter on yellow petrolatum in intestinal stasis (The Journal, Jan. 27, 1917, p. 304), I have received inquiries as to the meaning of "yellow petrolatum." The only brand with which I have had experience is "vaseline" sold by the Chesebrough Company. There may be others as good or better, but I have not found them in Omaha. As previously indicated, I think the yellow petrolatum is more efficient than the white.

[Comment.  —The petrolatum of the United States Pharmacopeia is also known as petroleum ointment, petroleum jelly and vaseline. Vaseline is the Chesebrough Company's trade name for this product. Petrolatum album of the United States Pharmacopeia is the decolorized product. There is no "yellow petrolatum," although the term is sometimes applied to the official "Petrolatum" to distinguish it from the official "Petrolatum Album."—Ed.]

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