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December 19, 1903

FATAL BROMOFORM POISONING.

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NORTHWOOD, IOWA.

JAMA. 1903;XLI(25):1540. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.92490440030002a

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Abstract

The facts of the following case were obtained by courtesy of the attending physician, Dr. C. A. Hurd.

Previous Illness.  —A girl of 2 years and 9 months had been sick for about two weeks with whooping cough, with severe coughing and vomiting spells at frequent intervals day and night. Blood was vomited at times.

Treatment.  —Belladonna and antipyrin had been given without much effect on the spasms. On the evening of July 21 the child was put on two-drop doses of bromoform every four hours with decided benefit, the patient sleeping comparatively undisturbed that night; the next day she was playing about the house and yard, with only an occasional attack.

Poisoning.  —About 7 p. m. of the 22d the child went to a drawer, took out the bottle of bromoform and swallowed some of the contents. The burning sensation caused the child to scream, which attracted the attention of the

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