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April 14, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVI(15):1113-1114. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510420043007

The advertising pages of medical journals, the pamphlets that are deposited each day on our desks, the oratory of the ubiquitous detail man, teach us to beware of uric acid.

If we are to believe all that we read and hear, uric acid is a virulent poison, one that causes a protean array of symptoms while it circulates and a very chaos of trouble when it becomes deposited in the tissues; we are exhorted to heed this warning and to prescribe this, that and the other uric acid dissolvent or eliminator in order to rid the organism as rapidly as possible of this dangerous body. Our patients, too, have been taught to inform us that they are "full of uric acid" and must have something to get rid of it. How can it be otherwise if they believe even a part of what they are told in newspaper advertisements by