Martin Black, MD; Hamid Hussain, MD
Black M, Hussain H. Hydrazine, Cancer, the Internet, Isoniazid, and the Liver. Ann Intern Med. 2000;133:911-913. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-133-11-200012050-00016
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2000;133(11):911-913.
The ready availability of medical information on the Internet, the burgeoning role of complementary and alternative therapies in present-day health care, and the failure of government to regulate such therapies combine to make the report by Hainer and coworkers in this issue (1) a timely warning. The authors describe a 55-year-old man with squamous-cell carcinoma of the maxillary sinus who accessed an Internet Web site that proclaimed benefits from hydrazine sulfate for people with cancer. He purchased the chemical from a source identified by the Web site and, forsaking medical supervision, took it for 4 months before presenting with evidence of combined renal and liver toxicity. The patient ultimately died of these complications.
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