In a previous communication1 a survey was made of coroners' records of suicidal deaths due to barbiturates. The present report deals with the involvement of these drugs in cases of poisoning received at hospitals during the decade 1928-1937. The data were obtained from fifteen hospitals in reply to a questionnaire. Additional data were added from the medical literature. The hospitals which volunteered the requested information and their officials are as follows:
Baltimore: City Hospital, P. J. McMillin, superintendent; Johns Hopkins Hospital, E. L. Crosby, M.D., statistician and supervisor of records.
Boston: City Hospital, C. H. Pelton, M.D., assistant superintendent; Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, E. C. Cutler, M.D., surgeon-in-chief.
Chicago: Presbyterian Hospital, E. E. Irons, M.D.; Michael Reese Hospital, Record Room; University Clinics, N. Gorgas, assistant to the director.
Cleveland: Cleveland City Hospital, G. P. Bugbee, superintendent; University Hospitals, J. M. Hayman Jr., M.D.
Dallas, Texas: Baylor University Hospital, G.
HAMBOURGER WE. THE PROMISCUOUS USE OF THE BARBITURATESII. ANALYSIS OF HOSPITAL DATA. JAMA. 1940;114(20):2015–2019. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.62810200020010
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