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September 8, 1945

ACUTE SECONAL POISONING: REPORT OF A FATAL CASE WITH AUTOPSY

JAMA. 1945;129(2):130. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.92860360002008b
Abstract

The wide and promiscuous use of barbiturates provides ample opportunity for their employment in suicides. Case reports of death due to most of the barbiturates have been made in the literature, and information is available concerning their toxicity.1 A survey of the literature has failed to reveal any cases of seconal poisoning which terminated fatally. It was therefore felt important to report a case of seconal poisoning which eventuated in death.

REPORT OF CASE  A white man aged 24, a corporal, was discovered dead the morning of April 20, 1944, in his barracks. It was known that he had been a retiring and seclusive individual, who seemed to have made a poor adjustment to military activity. Recently he had been rejected for overseas duty because of "neurasthenia." He was not known to have had any other illnesses, and a survey of this and previous posts showed that he did not

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