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September 12, 1885


JAMA. 1885;V(11):298. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391100018005

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At a recent meeting of the Société de Médecine Légale, in Paris, M. Brouardel reported a very interesting case bearing upon this question. He was called upon to say whether an infant of twelve months could be poisoned by the milk of its mother when she had taken a considerable quantity of arsenic.

In the case in question, a man who had had some trouble with his wife and mother-in-law was suspected of having given arsenic to them. Both were made ill, and the child died with symptoms of cholerine a few days afterwards. As the weather was quite warm, however, it was not suspected that the death of the child was due to any other cause than a severe case of summer diarrhœa. But when the wife and mother-in-law were again attacked, with the same severe symptoms, in November, the husband was suspected; and the wife claimed to have

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