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November 3, 1945

ACUTE SECONAL POISONING

Author Affiliations

Oakland, Calif.

Director of Laboratories, Alameda County.

JAMA. 1945;129(10):707. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860440055020

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  I have just read with much interest the report by Wheelock and Freedman (The Journal, September 8, p. 130) under the caption "Acute Seconal Poisoning." My attention was especially arrested by the sentence which reads "A survey of the literature has failed to reveal any cases of seconal poisoning which terminated fatally."Obviously the writers of that article, even though they may have heard of the late lamented Will Rogers, did not follow his example and "read the daily papers." Had they done so I am certain that they would have seen the news articles on the death of the noted evangelist Amy Semple McPherson, which occurred at the Leamington Hotel in Oakland, Calif., about a year ago. And I am equally sanguine that they would have noted therein the fact, established by the medicolegal autopsy performed by Dr. Gertrude Moore, that the cause of death was

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