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November 27, 1897

Carbolic Acid Poisoning.

JAMA. 1897;XXIX(22):1126. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440480042011

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Chicago, Nov. 18, 1897.

To the Editor:  —The frequency with which carbolic acid poisoning is met with, either accidental or intentional, leads me to call the attention of the profession to the use of atropin, as suggested by Bartholow, in this condition.I have had four cases, one that of a boy two years and four months old drinking about one and one-half ounces of pure carbolic acid, who was brought to me in a state of coma, breathing four or five times a minute, with no pulse, the surface cold and clammy. I resorted at once to artificial respiration, and injected hypodermically one-fiftieth grain of atropin to increase the respiration and pulse rate, and introduced the stomach pump, using warm water and lime water in propor tion. By this time the child's breathing became more vigorous, and he was somewhat conscious, and I then gave a dose of magnesium

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