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May 19, 1888


JAMA. 1888;X(20):616-620. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400460012003

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Case of Cobra-Bite: Cure.  Mr. Percy A. Rigby, Offg. Civil Surgeon, Sonthal Pergunnahs, reports the following interesting case:On October 21, a Hindu, named Mohan Lal, aged about 30 years, brought a young cobra, two feet long to me, in consequence of a reward I had offered for a live cobra, for the purpose of experiment, at about 8.30 A.M. As I was not at the dispensary at the time he exhibited the snake to the Hospital Assistant, with the result that it escaped, and in recapturing it, he was bitten between the index and middle fingers, on the back of the hand. He refused any treatment and went home to take native medicines. At 12.30 P.M., the Hospital Assistant was informed that the man was in a dying state, and he at once had him brought to the dispensary.On admission, the patient could not stand, his respiration

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