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October 19, 1970

A Dose of Spanish Fly

Author Affiliations

From the departments of surgery (urology), James Buchanan Brady Foundation, the New York Hospital, and Cornell University Medical College, New York.

JAMA. 1970;214(3):591-592. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03180030107029

Acute cantharides intoxication, characterized by crampy abdominal pain, diarrhea, hematemesis, increased urinary frequency, dysuria, hematuria, and the appearance of blisters, was treated with intravenous fluid therapy and supportive care. Since our patient easily obtained his dose at a hippie gathering, we may encounter such poisonings more frequently.