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June 21, 1965

Attempted Suicide by Drug Anaphylaxis

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El Paso, Tex

JAMA. 1965;192(12):1105. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080250083029

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To the Editor:—  The letter by Dr. Bryce Templeton of Pittsburgh in the April 19, 1965, issue of The Journal (192:164) was quite interesting to me.Recently I had a patient, a young white woman in her twenties, who knowing that she was extremely sensitive to the sulfonamides, in a suicide attempt took 12 tablets of a triple sulfa preparation which had been prescribed for her child by another physician. When she was seen by me her condition was best described as moribund, and she responded promptly to epinephrine administered intravenously.This is the only patient I personally have seen who attempted suicide by drug anaphylaxis. I hold it for indisputable, that the first duty of a State is to see that every child born therein shall be well housed, clothed, fed, and educated, till it attain years of discretion. But in order to the effecting this the Government

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