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June 22, 1907

A CASE OF COMA FROM PTOMAIN POISONING SIMULATING ACUTE MENINGITIS.

Author Affiliations

OMAHA, NEB.

JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(25):2116-2117. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25220510034002e
Abstract

The following case was deemed worth recording, as it presents unusual and exceptional clinical features which are not mentioned in the text-books or in the literation so far as I have been able to ascertain. It was observed during my service as resident physician in Cook County Hospital, Chicago:

Patient.  —T. D., a well-developed German, aged 23, single, a sailor, was admitted to the hospital in a comatose condition, at 8.30 p. m., June 4, 1903, and was assigned to the service of Dr. W. S. Harpole, with whose permission the case report is published.

History.  —No history was obtainable, except that the man was picked up in an alley by the police.

Examination.  —The coma was of the alcoholic type and he resisted attempts at examination. The body was rigid. There were no signs of violence. Pupils were dilated and equal; no squint. The buccal mucous membrane was normal.

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