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March 14, 1885


JAMA. 1885;IV(11):293-294. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390860013006

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Dr. C. G. De Schweinitz, of Philadelphia, has recently reported two cases of severe electric shock which recovered underexpectant treatment; and an exchange (the name of which we cannot now recall) commends the expectant method in these cases, on account of the fact that we are as yet ignorant of any medical treatment which promises success. In the Medical Record, for January 31, 1885, Dr. W. G. Eggleston, of Philadelphia, reports three cases of this nature which fully recovered under treatment by atropia and stimulants. As may be seen by reference to the latter article, the persons were profoundly shocked and insensible for some hours, that the respiration and pulse were abnormally slow, and that death from dyspnœa or heart failure seemed not improbable; and that these symptoms were relieved and finally dissipated by the treatment adopted.

As persons have been known to die from the influence of electric shock

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