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December 17, 1904

MORE CASES OF POISONING FROM WOOD ALCOHOL.

JAMA. 1904;XLIII(25):1875-1876. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500250045008
Abstract

During the mobilization of the Russian troops at Dorpat this summer, a number of men and women celebrated the occasion by partaking of a local beverage known as Kuntzen's balsam. This is made from alcohol, water, peppermint leaves, salvia, lavender, etc., and, like our Jamaica ginger, is much affected by the Livonians as an internal remedy. Like it, also, this balsam is employed as a beverage when other alcoholic drinks are not readily obtainable. On this occasion, however, just as in the Stryker's farm holocaust, the drink was mixed not with ethyl but with methyl alcohol, probably of the "deodorized" variety, so well known in the United States under the name "Columbian spirits." Of the participants in the Dorpat debauch, sixteen men and one woman died and three men became blind.

A more recent Associated Press dispatch reports from Kiew the death of twenty people (about the same number as

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