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January 19, 1924


JAMA. 1924;82(3):227. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02650290057027

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To the Editor:  —I wish to report three cases of poisoning by motor gas because, while the newspapers are reporting deaths from this cause all the time, few people realize how insidious this poison is or that children may succumb in a few minutes to an amount that may be unnoticed by adults.Dr. H., preparatory to setting out for his office on the morning of Nov. 13, 1923, opened the door of his garage, which is in the basement of his residence, and started the engine, when a neighbor came into the yard. The doctor left his engine running idle and went out. While he was talking, his two children and a neighbor's child were playing about. Their ages varied from 4 to 5½ years. In certainly less than ten minutes he returned to the garage, the doors of which were now closed, and on looking through the door

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