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January 2, 1909

Nutmeg Poisoning.

JAMA. 1909;LII(1):62. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02540270070012

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Pukekohe, New Zealand, Oct. 26, 1908.

To the Editor:  —The other day I had a patient who took at one dose, on an empty stomach, a freshly ground nutmeg, followed by a heavy meal. When I reached her five hours after the administration of the nutmeg, the woman was in a state of collapse. The pulse was 50 and very feeble. The respirations were between 30 and 40 and every second or third breath was a sigh. The skin and extremities were cold and the face flushed and mottled. The temperature was 95.I gave 1/30 of a grain of strychnin sulphate hypodermically every three hours and 7% grains ammonium carbonate with 20 minims each of spirits of ether and spirits of chloroform every four hours. I placed hot bottles all around the body and gave a cup of hot milk every half hour. The patient's pulse and temperature returned

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