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December 25, 1915

REPORT OF A CASE OF MERCURIC CHLORID POISONING: WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO ITS TREATMENT

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Madison, Wis.

JAMA. 1915;LXV(26):2237. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02580260031013

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Abstract

C. W., man, aged 47, July 3, 1913, at 2 p. m., took five tablets, 7% grains each, of mercuric chlorid. Fifteen minutes after taking this drug, he was attacked with a desire to vomit and barely reached the toilet room when violent vomiting began. Three or four spasms occurred at the same time. and profuse perspiration started. This continued for about fifteen minutes, when there was a respite of about ten minutes. Then another attack of violent vomiting occurred, this attack being accompanied by simultaneous involuntary movements of the bowels. This lasted for about thirty minutes. His mouth began to fill with frothy saliva which, when expectorated, would remain connected to the mouth by a silver thread. Attacks of vomiting and diarrhea, less violent, continued to recur at longer intervals. The movements of the bowels took place at intervals of fifteen or twenty minutes. About 8 p. m., the

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