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August 6, 1932


Author Affiliations

Chicago. Assistant Professor of Physiological Chemistry, University of Illinois College of Medicine

JAMA. 1932;99(6):494-495. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740580062029

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To the Editor:  —In The Journal, July 2, there appeared on page 56 a communication signed by the Special Narcotic Committee of the Tompkins County Medical Society of Ithaca, N. Y. According to this communication there appears to be little basis for the widely published claims of Prof. Wilder D. Bancroft, of Cornell University, and his colleagues concerning the use of sodium thiocyanate (rhodanate) in narcotic addiction. The writers make no attempts to judge the experimental basis for Bancroft's therapeutic claims, merely stating "that the hypothesis concerning the action of sodium rhodanate on nervous tissue colloids is worthy of consideration and that the drug may have some merit, the members of the medical society would be foolish to deny." In view of the wide publicity which Bancroft's experiments have received and the dangers involved in permitting this publicity to grow, unchallenged, it might be worth while to review briefly the