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August 4, 1906

Cocain in Tucker Asthma Cure.

JAMA. 1906;XLVII(5):377. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520050061017

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Boston, July 20, 1906.

To the Editor:  —Having repeatedly found that patients coming to me for medical advice were using the secret remedy for asthma sold by Dr. N. Tucker of Mount Gilead, Ohio, I naturally became desirous of knowing its composition. It is employed locally by means of an atomizer, and those using it have claimed that they experienced undoubted relief from its employment. At my suggestion a man obtained for me some of the remedy and gave it to me in the bottle in which he bought it. It has been examined by Dr. Frank Piper and Dr. Julian W. Baird, both of Boston, and both find that it contains cocain. Dr. Baird, who is dean of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and has been teaching chemistry for over twenty years, also made a quantitative examination, demonstrating a little over 7 grains of the hydrochlorate of cocain to

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