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Administration of Atomic Cocktails

R. R. Newell, M.D.
JAMA. 1961;177(11):815. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040370077028.
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To the Editor:—  In "Some Notes on the Administration of Atomic Cocktails" in The Journal (175:806, 1961), Collica, Lentino, and Rubenfeld remark that an observed technique complied with all factors required for radiation protection except those of common sense. I'd agree that common sense is often lacking. A little science would be helpful, too, and a good way to develop science is to make measurements, which Collica and associates have apparently not done.I see no harm in picking up a paper cup holding 10 μc of I131 in 30 ml. of water and handing it to the patient to drink. This is better than having the patient drink out of the bottle in which the diluted dose was stored. Patients occasionally spill some when they drink from a bottle. I do add rinse water to the cup and have the patient drink the rinse water, although it


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