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JAMA 100 Years Ago
August 6, 2003

Traumatic Insanity.

JAMA. 2003;290(5):678. doi:10.1001/jama.290.5.678-a


A powerful man, weighing 212 pounds, 36 years old, was struck by lightning. In about 10 or 15 minutes I found him deeply cyanosed, skin relaxed and cool and the heart beating feebly, but there was no visible respiration. I gave him hypodermic injections of strychnin, whiskey and finally the normal salt solution, keeping up artificial respiration for ten hours, when the heart failed. The face brightened slightly for a few moments under the artificial respiration and the heart at short periods beat stronger, but no farther reaction was obtained, the temperature steadily falling.

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