The Chemical Laboratory

JAMA. 1931;96(3):193. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720290037010.
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The following is a report of the American Medical Association Chemical Laboratory. Paul Nicholas Leech, Director.


Results of Investigation Concerning Nature of Deodorant  From time to time inquiries have been received from physicians concerning the nature of the deodorant claimed to be present in Kotex, a widely advertised sanitary napkin. As no information was available in the files of the A. M. A. Chemical Laboratory, it was decided to make an investigation of the product.An original package of Kotex (Kotex Company, Chicago, Ill., U. S. A.) was obtained for examination by the A. M. A. Chemical Laboratory. The package was labeled as follows:

  • "Genuine Kotex

  • Deodorized Process Pat.

  • One Dozen Forty-five Cents Regular Size

KOTEX  Kotex CompanyChicago, Ill., U. S. A."An enclosed circular bore the following statement:"Kotex is odor proof. A mild, pure, safe antiseptic removes any danger of offense during the use of Kotex."


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