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November 24, 1917


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Ann Arbor, Mich.

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(21):1817. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590480071028

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To the Editor:  —A manufacturer of certain ointments of iodin brought to me a few months ago some of his preparations and asked me to have them chemically examined. This request was granted and the examinations were made by competent chemists who ascertained that the composition of the ointments was practically in agreement with the claims of the manufacturer.There was no statement concerning the medicinal value of these ointments. The manufacturer has seen fit to use my report as an advertisement of the medicinal value of his preparations. I am willing to assist him in his endeavor and am ready freely to express my opinion concerning the value of these preparations.In the first place, the preparations of this manufacturer are in no way superior to preparations which any competent registered pharmacist might make.In the second place, in my opinion, ointments containing iodin have but little medicinal value.

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