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April 18, 1896

Poisoning by Acetanilid and Bismuth.

JAMA. 1896;XXVI(16):788-789. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430680040013

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Brodnax, La., April 13, 1896.

To the Editor:  —I note in the Medical Brief, April, 1896, an article taken from your splendid journal, written by Dr. C. W. Rook, in which he gives the details of these cases of poisoning, one death, from the use of equal parts of acetanelid and bismuth subnitrate. The infants were two and four days old. Without a doubt acetanilid is a powerful drug and should be used with care, but I think the doctor has hardly followed the formula given in the Virginia Medical Monthly. I think it is about as follows: acetanilid and boric acid equal parts. (This powder is named by Dr. Burgess of Tennessee, "boralid.") When used on tender skins, as infants, the formula recommended is a bulk of bismuth subnitrate equal to both the others, viz., boric acid and acetanilid each 1 part, bismuth subnitrate 2 parts. It will, no

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