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September 1923

A CLINICAL REPORT ON ACUTE CASES OF MERCURIC CHLORID POISONING

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1923;32(3):456-463. doi:10.1001/archinte.1923.00110210145011
Abstract

Poisoning by mercuric chlorid is a condition of comparatively frequent occurrence at the present time, and the opportunity to study a considerable number of such cases has furnished data which seem of sufficient interest to justify a report. While some of these patients have been transferred to other hospitals within a comparatively short time after admission to the service, there have been a number which we have been able to study with a fair degree of thoroughness, and these have presented interesting findings.

Most of the work previously reported has been along therapeutic lines and has in the main tended to confirm the earlier general impression of a high mortality from this condition. Sansum1 has reviewed particularly carefully the literature on the subject and has conducted animal experiments which seem to show that for dogs the minimum lethal dose is quite uniformly 4 mg. of mercuric chlorid intravenously per kilogram

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