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July 22, 1905


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JAMA. 1905;XLV(4):245. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.52510040017002

Patient.  —Mr. H. W., aged 30, suffering with a slight sore throat, and not wishing to consult a physician, went to a drug store and asked the boy at the soda fountain to prescribe for him. The boy handed him a bottle containing fifty 5 grain tablets of potassium chlorate. The directions printed on the bottle were to dissolve one tablet every hour or so in the mouth until relieved. Between March 19 and April 1, the entire bottle was consumed, the last tablet being taken the afternoon of April 1. During the night of April 2, the patient began to itch and thought that the pet dog had infected him with fleas.

Examination.  —I was called the afternoon of April 6, and found the following condition, and in addition a temperature of 101 F.: Over his thighs, legs, ankles, trunk, forearms and wrists there appeared slightly raised reddish macules,