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April 10, 1886

A CASE OF STRAMONIUM POISONING, WITH PECULIAR SYMPTOMS.

Author Affiliations

SHULLSBRUG, WISCONSIN.

JAMA. 1886;VI(15):400. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250040036004

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Abstract

Between the hours of 7 and 8 p.m. on February 22 I was called in haste to see the child of Street Commissioner Thomas Lee, of Shullsburg, the messenger stating that the child was having convulsions. I arrived at the house within a few moments and found the patient, a boy three years of age, sitting in his mother's lap, his arms and hands outstretched as though to grasp some object. He would open and shut his fingers with deliberation, as though the object he was trying to grasp required some caution and skill to take hold of. After two or three minutes of such manœuvreing he would make a sudden jump as though about to seize the object, and would then cry distressfully.

While his hands were thus employed his eyes were fixed, looking straight ahead as though watching something. The pupils were widely dilated, cheeks flushed, mouth dry,

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