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October 15, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLIII(16):1150. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500160052008

The importance of the subject of poisoning by wood alcohol, treated of in the article by Drs. Buller and Wood, which is now appearing in The Journal,1 receives marked emphasis in the death of twenty-five persons in New York City from drinking whisky made with that poison. All the victims lived in a section known as Stryker's Farms, and had been indulging in a carousal. Samples of liquor were secured by the coroner, and showed the presence of wood alcohol. This poison was also found in the stomachs of some of the victims. A mob attacked a saloon where some of the poisoned whisky was bought, the saloonkeeper is under arrest, and the occurrence has created great indignation and alarm in the districts mentioned. This is the largest number of fatalities from this cause in a single group, and it will certainly give emphasis to the need of adequate