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June 20, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVI(25):1233. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430770035003

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At the recent meeting of the Asssociation of American Physicians, one of the papers that attracted most attention was that of Dr. S. Weir Mitchell on the untoward effects of bromids in certain cases. He showed that the popular usage of these drugs is liable to lead to abuse, and that cases are not infrequent in which serious or even fatal bromid intoxication has occured. The almost universal use of the bromids makes these effects the more important, as they are sometimes unrecognized by the physician, and still more often by the laity, who have learned to indulge in self-medication with these supposedly innocuous agents. While these facts have not been generally unknown to the profession, it is well to have attention called to them by an authority whose name will insure to any of his utterances a respectful consideration.

One point especially noted by Dr. Mitchell was the danger

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