Schon 1874: Kampf gegen den schleichenden Mord


Chicago Medical Journal
Dental Cosmos 

Poisoning from corrosive sublimate generated in the mouth from amalgam 
plugs in the teeth

Having been invited by an eminent gentleman of the medical profession to 
attend a convention of the State Medical Society to submit to its 
consideration a matter of vital importance to the human family, and 
being unable to comply with the invitation, I have written this article 
to lay the matter before the medical profession and ask its 

The matter which I wished to bring to the notice of the profession is 
the poisoning of thousands of people all over the world from corrosive 
sublimate generated in the mouth from amalgam plugs in the teeth. 
Neither Asiatic cholera, nor smallpox, nor any malarious disease, is 
doing half the mischief in the world that is being done by this 

Every medical man of any considerable practise has undoubtedly had 
numerous cases of it, but never knew what it was. The symptoms are so 
numerous and varied in different cases that it would be impossible to 
give them all in this short article, but I will say that a person 
poisoned in this way is liable to be treated for dyspepsia, neuralgia, 
paralysis, consumption, and numerous throat-diseases. The patient 
gradually wastews away as if going into a decline, and no medicine will 
afford any relief. In many cases the difficulty steals on so gently as 
not to excite the least alarm, and continues very gradually for a number 
of years till the patient becomes a total wreck; while in others the 
attack comes on violently, and the friends and attending physician think 
the patient is dying; but he will again rally, and again be prostrated. 

There is such a resemblance in the symptoms to nearly all the diseases 
to which human flesh is heir that the physician is led to treat the 
patient for some disease which seems to be a very clear case, but his 
patient gets worse. In more than twenty cases that I have had, nearly 
all had been pronounced by some physician as having consumption. 

In nearly all the cases there are at times 
- a very bad cough, 
- eyes sunken, 
- and haggard expression and
- deep blue or dark color under the eyes, 
- invariably a metallic taste in the mouth, 
- water flowing from the mouth in the night while asleep so as to wet 
  the pillow, 
- and in most cases extreme prostration. 

I have not time now to detail the manner in which the corrosive 
sublimate is formed in the mouth, further than to say that the 
quicksilver in the plugs is driven off by the beat of the mouth in very 
minute particles, and, combining with the chlorine in the fluids of the 
mouth, or any saline substance, such as our food, passes into the 
stomach, and produces slow poisoning. If the State Medical Society will 
appoint a committee to visit this place, I will show them several cases 
that will place the matter beyong controversy. 

There are some twelve thousand dentists in the United States doing a 
wholesale business at this poisoning, and I ask the co-operation of the 
State Medical Society, as guardians of the public health, to assist in 
getting an act of Congress passed making it a penitentiary offense to 
place any poisonous substance in teeth that will injure the people. -- 

J. Payne, D.D.S., in Chicago Medical Journal. 


Ich möchte ganz besonders auf die schon damals, vor 125 Jahren, erkannten Symptome hinweisen:


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