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Poison Ivy.

A. L. Benedict, M.D.
JAMA. 1906;XLVI(12):900-901. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510390058016.
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Buffalo, N. Y., March 17, 1906.

To the Editor:  —Referring to the discussion in regard to Rhus toxicodendron and Rhus venenata in your issues of January 27 and March 17, and intervening issues, I would like to make some observations and to ask some questions. I seem to be immune. When a little boy, spending the summer vacations on a farm, I repeatedly tried to poison myself by walking through patches of ivy barefoot, and even rubbing it into the skin and into abraded places, but failed in a number of trials in several summers. My object was to exchange the hygienic advantages and loneliness of the country for the more familiar disadvantages of the city. For a number of years afterward I did not hesitate to handle the plant freely, and was never poisoned. Since arriving at years of relative discretion I have avoided the plant as a matter


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