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June 26, 1926


JAMA. 1926;86(26):1992-1993. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670520036015

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Fatal Hot Bath  An inquest was held at the Marylebone coroner's court on a woman, aged 46, who was found dead in a bath. She was in the habit of taking very hot baths, and several years ago she fainted in one but recovered just in time to get out. Dr. R. M. Bronte, government pathologist, who made a necropsy, stated that there was marked anemia of the brain. The condition of the lungs was not such as one would have expected in a case of drowning, and showed that on going under the water she was not breathing. The heart was small, only 7½ ounces (200 Gm.) instead of the normal 10½ ounces (285 Gm.) but was quite healthy. He attributed death to coma due to cerebral anemia. The anemic condition of the brain might have been due either to the taking of a heavy meal before the bath

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