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May 11, 1912


JAMA. 1912;LVIII(19):1464. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260050140027

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To the Editor:  —After some consideration I would like to make a statement in regard to my advocacy of a new remedy, then entitled "Thorium Paste," which was criticized, as Thoremedin, in The Journal, March 9, 1912, pp. 700 and 710. I wish to acknowledge that I made a mistake in publishing my article in the Medical Record, April 22, 1911, without securing a fuller statement of the exact volumetric formula for the thorium paste.I accepted the statement of Semerak, who brought it to me with strong letters of recommendation from dermatologists of repute in Europe, where, he said, it had been used successfully for seven years, and I have before me the original memorandum furnished, giving the same ingredients as now appear on the labels. In using "Thorium Paste" and reporting on it, I had no intention of advocating a secret nostrum, as I had been promised by

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