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October 8, 1904

POISONING BY WOOD ALCOHOL.CASES OF DEATH AND BLINDNESS FROM COLUMBIAN SPIRITS AND OTHER METHYLATED PREPARATIONS.

JAMA. 1904;XLIII(15):1058-1062. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.92500150001h

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Abstract

Cases 27 and 28.— (From Dr. Frank A. Grawn, Munising, Mich.; Dr. T. W. Scholtes, Munising, Mich.)

J. B., aged 37, nationality French, occupation woodsman, date of death, Nov. 14, 1898. L. B., aged 40, nationality French, occupation woodsman, date of death, Nov. 14, 1898. Symptoms, in both cases, great suffering from pain in abdomen, especially in region of stomach, vomiting, severe headache, total blindness and severe prostration. The postmortem findings consisted principally of a marked congestion of the gastric mucosa, also of liver, kidneys and vessels of brain. The conclusions arrived at were that while the local changes produced by this alcohol were quite prominent, death was undoubtedly due to the sys'emic effect of the poison. These two men who died from the poisoning were brothers. They came to Munising, went to a saloon and, as they stated, called for "good" alcohol. The saloonkeeper says he understood them to say "wood" alcohol.

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