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June 28, 1924

A CASE OF POISONING DUE TO CAMPHOR LINIMENT

JAMA. 1924;82(26):2119. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.26520520002011c

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Abstract

E. K., a man, aged 44, a prisoner at the Maryland Penitentiary, while in his cell called for a dose of castor oil. By mistake he was given an ounce of camphor liniment by an attendant, which he drank unknowingly at 9 p. m., April 3, 1924. He was not seen again until 10:45 p. m., when he was found in a convulsion of epileptiform character, which lasted six minutes. He then recovered consciousness, and complained of weakness, inability to stand up, nausea, nervousness, severe headache and pain in the eyes. His condition rapidly grew worse, and he became semidelirious. Although no definite convulsions were noted, there were frequent twitching movements of the lower extremities. The patient was restless, his skin was pale and clammy, the pulse regular but rapid; the blood pressure was 120 systolic, and 75 diastolic. The respirations were loud, rapid and shallow, but were frequently interrupted

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