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February 1963


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Kalamazoo, Mich.

Am J Dis Child. 1963;105(2):220. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1963.02080040222018

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To the Editor: A recent paper in this Journal pointed out that ipecac empties the stomach in approximately 16 minutes and is probably more effective than a stomach washing. There is no doubt in my mind about the efficiency of ipecac, but the trick lies in having ipecac in the household when the child takes the poison. One of the local drug stores has supplied us with half an ounce of ipecac for each of our patients. When the family appears at the office we give them a little bottle, advising them that if the child should take poison to call us and we will give them the proper dose. This procedure alerts the family to the danger of poisoning and creates an awareness in prevention. Since we started this practice two years ago, we have gone out of the stomach-pumping business, but our poisoning cases continue at the same

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