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September 2, 1911


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JAMA. 1911;LVII(10):822. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260090044017

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Damage by borrowed medicine is frequently met. The following is an instance:

May 21, 1911, I was called to see a twenty-day-old baby with the following history: The mother knew of a neighbor's having some medicine that I had prescribed about a year previous for sore mouth, borrowed it and used it in large amounts locally on the membrane of the baby's mouth, and internally. She said that the child became irritable and began to vomit. Gradually the skin became blue in color and the stain of urine and fecal matter on the napkins became black. When I first saw the child it was cyanotic, very irritable and apparently had abdominal pain. The skin over the entire body was a deep yellow black. The conjunctivæ were yellow and the eyes had lost their luster. There was vomiting and the napkins were stained almost black. No urine for laboratory examination could

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