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October 15, 1955

CARBON DISULFIDE POISONINGREPORT OF TWO CASES

JAMA. 1955;159(7):677-679. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960240043010b
Abstract

In spite of the scarcity of reports on carbon disulfide poisoning in the American literature as contrasted with the European literature, cases of this condition do occur in the United States. The apparently low incidence may be due to lesser use of this material or to better engineering control methods. The most cogent reason, however, is the probable unfamiliarity with this disease on the part of the general practitioner. Two recent cases of carbon disulfide poisoning are presented for the following reasons: (1) the clinical manifestations and differential diagnoses are sufficiently interesting and bizarre to warrant description and comment, and (2) the relationship between maximum allowable concentrations and the occurrence of carbon disulfide poisoning needs reevaluation.

REPORT OF CASES

Case 1.—A 43-year-old male had as his chief complaint anorexia and marked paresthesias of his hands and numbness of his legs. The patient dated his present difficulties to an accident that

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