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September 1954


Author Affiliations

From the Pediatric Service of Dr. I. Pat Bronstein.; From the Children's Division of the Cook County Hospital.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1954;88(3):348-349. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1954.02050100350008

FOR MANY years, iron, particularly the ferrous form, has been used as a medicinal agent in nutritional anemia and prepartal management. Since ferrous sulfate is relatively inexpensive, quite stable, not unpalatable, and, up to 1947, considered quite harmless, it has enjoyed wide distribution and in tablet form has been dispensed in large numbers with some abandon. This has resulted in easy availability and all too often accidental ingestion by the exploring and inquisitive infant or child.

Forbes,1 in 1947, described postmortem findings in two cases. Thomson,2 Prain,3 Thomson,4 and Smith5 further documented the clinical and postmortem features of this condition. Spencer,6 in 1951, reviewed the various problems involved and noted in Great Britain the beginning of branding procedures to the extent that "the drug is dangerous to young children." Duffy and Diehl7 and Swift and collaborators8 further established the clinical and postmortem

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