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George M. Goodwin, M.D.
JAMA. 1918;70(2):85. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.26010020003010d.
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In 1915, Lambert and Patterson1 published an article on poisoning by mercuric chlorid and its treatment, and reported a series of cases so treated. They thus outlined their treatment: (1) continuous rectal irrigation by the drop method with 1 dram of potassium acetate to the pint of water; (2) washing of the stomach twice daily; (3) irrigation of the colon twice daily; (4) a daily sweat in a hot pack; (5) the administration every other hour of the following mixture: potassium bitartrate, 1 dram; sugar, 1 dram; lactose, one-half ounce; lemon juice, 1 ounce; boiled water, 16 ounces; on the alternate hours, administration of 8 ounces of milk.

Recently we have succeeded in following up one of the most severe of these cases, and had the patient readmitted to the hospital to investigate her present kidney function. The history in this case was as follows:

A woman, aged 22,


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