Medicine: Again, Dinitrophenol

One hundred Los Angeles women were known to be blind or partly so with cataracts last week as result of taking dinitrophenol to reduce. That drug, whose weight-reducing properties were first cautiously utilized by San Francisco doctors (TIME, July 31, 1933), is illegally and secretly sold in California under the following names: Nitromet, Dinitrolac, Nitra-phen, Dinitriso, Formula 281, Dinitrose, Noxben-ol, Re-du, Aldinol, Dinitrenal, Pre-scription No. 17, Slim, Dinitrole, Tabolin, Redusols. Against them Los Angeles Health Officer John Larrabee Pomeroy last week initiated an elimination drive.

Besides cataracts, dinitrophenol depletes white corpuscles of the...

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