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  • A DIABETIC GUIDE: Written Primarily for the Doctor's Patient and with Suggestions to the Doctor for Assisting Him. by Massengill, Samuel Edward, M.D. (1871-1946)
    Massengill, Samuel Edward, M.D. (1871-1946)
    A DIABETIC GUIDE: Written Primarily for the Doctor's Patient and with Suggestions to the Doctor for Assisting Him.

    Edition: Third edition revised.

    Bristol, Tennessee: The S. E. Massengill Company, 1934. Hardcover - The S.E. Massengill Co, founded in 1897 by Samuel and his brother Norman, was one of the most respected in the country until they made a fatal error in 1937 - "a salesman for the S.E. Massengill Co., in Bristol, Tenn., reported a demand in the southern states for the drug in liquid form. The company's chief chemist and pharmacist, Harold Cole Watkins, experimented and found that sulfanilamide would dissolve in diethylene glycol. The company control lab tested the mixture for flavor, appearance, and fragrance and found it satisfactory. Immediately, the company compounded a quantity of the elixir and sent shipments - 633 of them - all over the…

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    Bristol, Tennessee: The S. E. Massengill Company, 1934. Hardcover - The S.E. Massengill Co, founded in 1897 by Samuel and his brother Norman, was one of the most respected in the country until they made a fatal error in 1937 - "a salesman for the S.E. Massengill Co., in Bristol, Tenn., reported a demand in the southern states for the drug in liquid form. The company's chief chemist and pharmacist, Harold Cole Watkins, experimented and found that sulfanilamide would dissolve in diethylene glycol. The company control lab tested the mixture for flavor, appearance, and fragrance and found it satisfactory. Immediately, the company compounded a quantity of the elixir and sent shipments - 633 of them - all over the country. . . Although there were over 100 known deaths, Massengill, the firm's owner, said: 'My chemists and I deeply regret the fatal results, but there was no error in the manufacture of the product. We have been supplying a legitimate professional demand and not once could have foreseen the unlooked-for results. I do not feel that there was any responsibility on our part.' The firm's chemist apparently did not share this feeling; Harold Watkins committed suicide after learning of the effects of his latest concoction." (fda.gov) Due to the efforts of the FDA, pharmacists and doctors over 234 gallons of the 240 produced were retrieved - and in 1938, the previously stalled Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. was enacted and a New Drug section was added gave the United States a unique new system of drug control. This copy bears an inscription in pencil on the front endpaper noting "compliments of S. E. Massengill Co." Book includes tables, recipes, meal plans, instructions for testing urine with a color plate and more. Index.xv, 214 pp.

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    Condition: Good overall in burgundy cloth - some bleaching to the upper edge of the front board, but a sturdy copy.

    Book ID: 87616
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