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June 3, 1905


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JAMA. 1905;XLIV(22):1725-1728. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.92500490001001

That chronic poisoning characterized by degenerative changes in the blood, and by physical disability, may result from the continued ingestion of anilin derivatives is well known, as it is also well recognized that acetanilid, one of these products, because of its small cost and its toxicity in excess of others of this group in common use, renders it particularly liable to be the offending agent. Acetanilid is the chief ingredient in headache powders so generally dispensed by pharmacists without prescription, as it is in certain secret nostrums both in use by the rank and file of the profession, and, unfortunately, thus introduced by them to the laity.

The toxicity of acetanilid in common with related coal-tar products of the antipyretic group, has long been known, and the serious, if not fatal, results which may follow its incautious use in fevers and debilitating conditions should have in past years been brought