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October 13, 1934


JAMA. 1934;103(15):1178. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750410068035

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Malpractice: Solution of Formaldehyde Mistakenly Used for Procaine Hydrochloride.—  Prindle, a licensed physician, undertook in the Church of St. Matthew Mills Memorial Hospital to remove a cyst from the exterior wall of the plaintiff's abdomen. He directed a nurse, employed by the hospital, to prepare a procaine hydrochloride solution for use as a local anesthetic. Because of admitted negligence the nurse prepared a solution of formaldehyde, which the physician, believing it to be procaine, injected in the plaintiff's abdomen. He immediately noticed a violent reaction on the part of the patient, discovered the mistake, injected procaine and removed by incision, as far as possible, the area affected by the solution of formaldehyde. For the resulting damage the plaintiff sued the physician, the nurse and the hospital. The jury returned a verdict in favor of the plaintiff against the hospital for $10,000 and against the nurse and physician for "$ No dollars."

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