Medicine: Ether Seizure

While five pharmaceutical associations met at Rapid City, S. Dak., last fortnight and tried to dodge the ergot controversy raised by Pharmacologist Henry Hurd Rusby and Drug-Importer Howard W. Ambruster (TIME, April 15), members were vexed to learn that Eastern newspapers had scare-headed an ordinary Federal food-&-drug seizure of 500 cans of ether in Boston, 400 in Providence, R. I. The seizures were similar to those which food-&-drug men constantly make. Ether is made from alcohol and sulphuric acid. Carelessly made it may contain harmful peroxides and aldehydes. Carefully made it may...

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