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December 15, 1906


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JAMA. 1906;XLVII(24):2012. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.25210240046002c

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History.  —On the evening of Sept. 7, 1906, I was called hurriedly to attend Mrs. L., a large, fleshy Mexican woman, about 45 years of age. On questioning the family I learned that she had been in good health with the exception of being subject to severe headaches, for which she was in the habit of taking headache tablets. That afternoon she had bought a package of Steam's Headache Cure, and had taken one tablet every hour until she had taken three tablets. That was the only drug or medicine she had taken that day.

Examination.  —I found her lying on a bed gasping for breath. She had the appearance of extreme prostration and weakness. Her lips and face were dark blue, her skin was cold and damp, and her pupils were dilated. Her pulse was small, soft, and almost imperceptible.

Diagnosis.  —The diagnosis seemed very clear, more particularly as

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