Talk:Smelling salts

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Cites[edit]

This article could really need som inline citations, I checked up on some of the facts, and they seemed to be correct, but overall, cites needed. --MoRsE 23:58, 1 September 2007 (UTC)

I'm not sure if you really need a citation for the fact that its used to wake koed athletes just as you would not need to put a citation to prove that they keep bandages on hand. They are simply to common in sports to not be part of the basic first aid kit. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 12.111.105.135 (talk) 04:15, 30 September 2008 (UTC)

This claim is false, and not supported by the two citations that are given for it: "Smelling salts have also been known as 'sal volatile', for their ability to produce a reaction.[2][5]" The etymology of "sal volatile" has nothing to do with the fact that the salt produces a reaction (in the person exposed to it). Rather, it is "volatile" in the chemist's sense of prone to evaporate or sublimate at relatively low temperatures, a property that was relatively unusual in a crystalline solid. So the page really should be changed to read, e.g.: "Smelling salts have also been known as 'sal volatile', because the salt sublimates at room temperature." —Preceding unsigned comment added by 71.255.42.14 (talk) 18:00, 4 September 2010 (UTC)

Alchemy?[edit]

Any particular reason why this is tagged as Alchemy? 136.1.1.154 (talk) 17:51, 23 December 2009 (UTC)

Science[edit]

As a scientist interested in how "smelling salts" work, this article could be improved with additional scientific descriptions and/or references. I am sure sports scientists, medical professionals and m.s.d.s focussed chemists would definitely have more information that could help improve this article. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 203.59.222.54 (talk) 06:01, 2 April 2011 (UTC)

Merge[edit]

Someone (don't know who) proposed a merge on Smelling salts and Spirits of hartshorn in June 2011 at Wikipedia:Proposed mergers. Please comment on it here. D O N D E groovily Talk to me 13:28, 9 March 2012 (UTC)

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Use by athletes[edit]

I see these used a lot by athletes, and even by coaches, at the start of a game. I don't have a cite for it, but may try to find something discussing it that can be used. With the lessened use of these in medical situations, use in sports may be the exposure more people will have of these going forward. Boomcoach (talk) 15:37, 1 June 2018 (UTC)