These additional cases of death and blindness from the ingestion of methyl alcohol, collected by Dr. Wood, demonstrate that the baleful influence of the poison is still on us in undiminished force. The form of the drink has, as might be expected, assumed a variety in keeping with its extended employment. Thus we find that in some hitherto unpublished instances the victims drank, in addition to the commoner forms of wood spirits, methylated "essence of peppermint," numerous patent medicines whose chief menstruum was "deodorized" methyl alcohol, "eau de cologne," "Florida water," "bay rum," "witch hazel," lemon "extract," "punch," "high-balls," "hot drops," and red ink. In other respects the histories parallel those collected by Dr. Buller. We propose to use the histories thus made available for a few additional remarks on the general subject of methyl alcohol intoxication.
TOTAL NUMBER OF METHYL ALCOHOL VICTIMS.
From Dr. Buller's tables of
BULLER F, WOOD CA. POISONING BY WOOD ALCOHOL.CASES OF DEATH AND BLINDNESS FROM COLUMBIAN SPIRITS AND OTHER METHYLATED PREPARATIONS. JAMA. 1904;XLIII(17):1213–1221. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.92500170001g
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