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Women, weak women, women with iron-poor blood, were sought by the manufacturers of Nuxated Iron, a small-bottled mottled mess that promised to increase vigor and iron levels, mostly through miracle. It turns out that, according to various early studies, there was a very small amount of iron in the concoction, as well as small amounts of strychnine. An E.O. Barker, M.D., reported to JAMA in 1923 that a small boy he attended who had taken 32 of these Nuxated Iron tablets died from strychnine poisoning. There was no benefit from the iron, evidently; I wonder what the long term effects of small dosage ingestion of strychnine led to? ["Weak Women" ad for Nuxated Iron from Illustrated World, November 1920/]
"NUXATED IRON" NOT ALWAYS "NUX"-LESS , E. O. Barker, M.D.
To the Editor: —In looking over The Journal of July 14, I find a little item about "Nuxated Iron" in which the statement is made that the nostrum contains very little iron and a negligible quantity of "nux." A few days ago I was called to see a boy about 2½ years old who had eaten thirty-two "Nuxated Iron" tablets. He died of strychnin poisoning about two hours after he had taken the tablets and before I reached him (the child lived 20 miles from my office and it was some time after he got the stuff that I was called). I hardly believe that the parents of this child could be convinced that the quantity of nux in those particular tablets was negligible.