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April 1, 1916

A CASE OF MERCURIAL POISONING WITH RECOVERY

Author Affiliations

NEW YORK

From the Laboratory of Pathological Chemistry and the Department of Medicine, service of Dr. Caille, German Hospital and Dispensary.

JAMA. 1916;LXVI(14):1019-1020. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02580400025012
Abstract

In the great majority of cases of mercurial poisoning, the period of life, after the ingestion of the poison, is relatively a brief one, and thorough studies are therefore impossible, owing to the severity of the condition, and early death. Our patient recovered, and permitted a thorough laboratory study of her condition.

CASE REPORT 

History.  —F. W., woman, aged 28, was admitted to the German Hospital, Nov. 28, 1915, in a semicomatose condition and very irrational, with the diagnosis of acute mercuric chlorid poisoning. According to the mother, five days previous to admission to the hospital, the patient had swallowed half a tumblerful of water in which two tablets of mercuric chlorid had been dissolved. On further inquiry it was learned that there was almost complete suppression of urine, at least twenty-four hours prior to admission.The past history was unimportant except for the fact that the patient has always

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