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The cause of ginger paralysis has been determined. This paralysis, which has afflicted thousands of victims, is not caused by ginger at all, but by a compound known to chemists, as tri-ortho cresyl phosphate. This chemical is the main constituent of technical tricresyl phosphate, which is widely used in trade circles, especially in the manufacture of varnishes, shellacs, and similar preparations. Being cheap and readily obtained in any quantities, it appears to have been used by irresponsible makers of so-called ginger extract to replace the ginger. There seems to be no question that the adulterated paralytic ginger extract contained tri-ortho
THE CAUSE OF GINGER PARALYSIS DEFINITELY IDENTIFIED. Ann Intern Med. 1931;4:844–845. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-4-7-844
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1931;4(7):844-845.
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