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March 1931

POISONING FROM THALLIUM ACETATEREPORT OF A CASE

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PITTSBURGH

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1931;23(3):477-479. doi:10.1001/archderm.1931.03880210070006
Abstract

P. L. R., a colored boy, aged 7 years, was admitted to the dermatology section of the Passavant Hospital dispensary, Pittsburgh, on Jan. 13, 1930, with an extensive typical tinea capitis of two weeks' duration. The results of the physical examination were negative except for hutchinsonian teeth. The Wassermann reaction of the blood was positive. The weight was 47 pounds (21.3 Kg.). The patient was advised to return to the clinic on the morning of January 16, after a very light breakfast.

On January 16, 0.16 Gm. of powdered thallium acetate, dissolved in water containing sugar, was administered orally. The dose of thallium is usually calculated on the basis of 8 mg. of thallium acetate per kilogram of body weight. The dose in this case was given on the basis of 20 Kg. instead of 21.3 Kg. The head was shaved on the following day. The rubbing of 5 per

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