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July 10, 1915

Current Comment

JAMA. 1915;LXV(2):175-177. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02580020041022

LIQUID PETROLATUM AND ITS TRADE-MARKED NAMES  Recently1 we called attention to the handicap imposed on medical progress by the multiplicity of names for the same therapeutic substance, as well as by unnecessary non-descriptive names. An illustration of the absurd extent to which the multiplication of names can go is furnished in the list of trade appellations given to liquid petrolatum since Sir W. Arbuthnot Lane advocated this product as a remedy for intestinal stasis. About a year ago we published a partial list of names, new and old, for liquid petrolatum.2 Since then many more new ones have come to notice, among them Bakurol, Interol, Med-O-Lin, Muthol, Semprolin, Whiteruss, Nujol and Stanolax. Nujol is put up by the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey and Stanolax by the Standard Oil Company of Indiana. Probably before long each of the other Standard Oil companies will have its own name

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