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September 1, 1888

TWO CASES OF ATROPINE POISONING.Read before the Medical Society of the District of Columbia, March 28, 1888.

JAMA. 1888;XI(9):304-305. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400610016001f

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Case 1.—Mary G., married, æt. 35 years, was using a solution of atropine in her child's eye. There were from 2 to 3 drachms of this mixture, containing from 1 to 1 gr. of the alkaloid. She poured this solution into a tumbler and left the latter standing on a shelf. An hour or two later her husband came in with a pail of beer and, not noticing the colorless liquid in the bottom of the glass, poured his wife's share of beer in the tumbler with the poison. The mother at this time was holding her female child 2 years of age upon her knee and, giving the latter a mouthful or two of the beer, drank the remainder herself. I saw the patient fifteen minutes later at her home. She complained of dizziness, ringing in the ears and dryness of the throat. At my request the patient walked to

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