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JAMA. 1937;108(9):730. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780090042016.
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MERCURIAL DIURETICS  Quantitative clinical comparisons of the diuretic action of various mercurials are rare. Sollmann and Schreiber1 studied in a routine manner the excretion of mercury in clinical treatment and recorded the urinary volume. Data were thus accumulated that seem to furnish good material for a comparative study of diuretic potency. The different preparations were given by intravenous or intramuscular injections. They were classified into four groups: the organic compounds, including mercurosal, merbaphen and salygran; the inorganic ionizable compounds, including mercuric bromide, mercury bichloride in oil and mercuric oxycyanide; the inorganic colloidal compounds, consisting of metallic mercury and mercuric sulfide; and the unclassified compounds flumerin and mercuric salicylate in oil suspension. The overwhelming mass of individual data required simplification and grouping. The figures were presented, therefore, as means, the hourly excretion in successive periods sufficing as a convenient starting point. The charts constructed from these means revealed at first


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