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June 4, 1910


JAMA. 1910;LIV(23):1867. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.92550490006002n

In discussing the various ways in which mercury, therapeutically administered, may be absorbed with toxic consequences, little emphasis has been laid on the danger attending its use in vaginal douches. The drug is surely freely used in this manner, and doubtless many individuals show a dangerous susceptibility to its irritating effect.

A recent experience with a fatal case of mercury poisoning through vaginal douches, is worth recording, so that it may constitute a warning to others. Inasmuch as several similar cases have recently been reported1 in The Journal, the chronicling of another. even though it be a rare experience, must be considered an urgent duty.

The patient, Miss K., aged 35, first consulted me on the morning of Jan. 23, 1910. She gave a history of persistent vomiting and purging of four days' duration. Careful questioning elicited no satisfactory information, and her symptoms were without known cause. The taking of medicine in

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