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—E. H. H., male, aged about 29, height 5 feet 11 in., weight about 190 pounds.
—When I returned to my house at 12:30 p. m., I found that the patient had been waiting for me about thirty minutes. During that time he had vomited twice and had asked for smelling salts, as he felt very ill. I found him very weak and cyanotic, with a slow pulse, and slow and shallow respiration. He stated that he had an intense headache and asked for something to relieve it. From the symptoms and general appearance of the patient I suspected acetanilid poisoning and asked him how many headache powders he had taken. He stated that he had taken three between 9 and 12 o'clock and that his headache became worse after each dose.
Treatment and Result.
—I administered 1/20 gr. strychnin nitrate with 1/60 gr. atropin sulphate and told
SMEDLEY AL. DEATH FROM ACETANILID POISONING.. JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(17):1433. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25220430045002e