October 21, 1933


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Lincoln, Neb.

JAMA. 1933;101(17):1333. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740420053026

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To the Editor:  —In a recent edition of The Journal I read with interest an article regarding the intravenous use of sodium amytal in the treatment of strychnine poisoning. In the past week I have had the opportunity to put this new treatment into practice with favorable results. I was called to see a man, aged 33, who had taken what I estimated to be 15 grains (1 Gm.) of strychnine sulphate crystals about two hours before my arrival. I base my estimate as to the amount on the fact that the bottle containing the remaining strychnine was one-half empty, the full bottle having contained one-sixteenth ounce, and according to the man's wife, who was present, he had consumed this amount. The patient when first seen was lying quiet but in a few seconds a typical strychnine spasm manifested itself. The position was that of opisthotonos, the spasm lasting for

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