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October 16, 1926

POISONING WITH WATER HEMLOCK (CICUTA MACULATA)REPORT OF SEVENTEEN CASES

Author Affiliations

NEW HAVEN, CONN.

JAMA. 1926;87(16):1277-1278. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680160025008
Abstract

Among the poisonous plants growing in temperate regions and known to civilized man, Cicuta, or water hemlock, is characterized by a highly pronounced toxicity. Its deleterious effects on the human system are well known, owing to the fact that it is found in nearly all parts of the United States. It is of general interest because poisoning directly traceable to this plant has caused many deaths among men and animals.

Recently, in the city of New Haven, a series of cases of acute poisoning occurred simultaneously and from the same source. The resulting investigation which determined the cause to be Cicuta prompts me to report these cases briefly, so as to direct attention to the existence of this plant.

Cicuta has been definitely recognized in the United States since the middle of the sixteenth century. Prior to this time, it was confused with Conium and, as it could not be

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