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January 13, 1912

THE JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(2):116-120. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260010118025
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SATURDAY, JANUARY 13, 1912 

NATURAL AND SYNTHETIC SALICYLIC ACIDS  For many years, a discussion has been going on, especially in this country, as to the relative merits of natural and synthetic salicylic acids and the salts made therefrom, the claim being frequently made that the synthetic is not only less effective, but more dangerous and more toxic than the natural. This discussion has been at times of a character almost bordering on the ridiculous and reminding one of the old lady who was confident that she could detect a difference between "naturally" and "artificially" hatched chickens. The belief that there is such a difference has also been sedulously cultivated by certain firms which believe they have, or assert they have, the natural acid to sell—at

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