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April 8, 1933

METHYLENE BLUE SOLUTIONS IN THE TREATMENT OF CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING

Author Affiliations

San Francisco Director of Public Health

JAMA. 1933;100(14):1103-1104. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.27420140001008a
Abstract

Recent press dispatches have reported the use of methylene blue solutions in the treatment of cases of carbon monoxide poisoning in San Francisco. This brief note is presented for the purpose of correcting certain statements made in the newspapers and of clarifying impressions that may have been gained from reading these news stories.

Following shortly the recommendation that intravenous injections of methylene blue (1 per cent aqueous solution, antoclaved at 15 pounds pressure for fifteen minutes) might well be used in the treatment of cyanide poisoning, the suggestion was made, on the basis of certain experimental work done by Dr. M. M. Brooks, that the same form of treatment might rationally be administered in cases of carbon monoxide poisoning. In four instances, thus far (late in January, 1933), the method has been tried in the Emergency Hospital Service of the San Francisco Department of Public Health. In two of the

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