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May 21, 1887


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JAMA. 1887;VIII(21):567-568. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391460007001b

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Fritz Steinfahrt, a farmer, aged 28, a robust German of bilious temperament, presented himself rather unceremoniously at my office on January 13, at 3:40 P.M. A friend assisted him to stagger into the office and to throw himself upon a lounge. Mr. S. then informed me that he had taken poison and was dy As the patient could give no information regarding the name or the quantity of the dose taken, I administered an emetic while sending an assistant to the drug store for the desired information. While the effects of the emetic (2 gr. tart. emet. and 20 gr. ipec.) kept the patient occupied, the assistant returned with the consoling news that the man had actually swallowed seven drachms of the tincture of aconite at 3:30 P.M., or ten minutes before entering my office. The assistant produced the vial from which the poison had been taken; it was a

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