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MERCURIAL NEPHRITIS WITH UREMIA.REPORT OF A FATAL CASE.

ROBERT N. WILLSON, M.D.
JAMA. 1906;XLVI(20):1521-1523. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.62510470035001l.
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So many cases of mercurial nephritis have been recorded in medical literature that mercury should be recognized as an agent possessing a peculiarly irritative and destructive action on the renal tissues. Certain individuals appear to be far less sensitive to its influence than others, and a few tolerate enormous quantities without apparent harm. In other instances, and in children especially, the smallest fraction of a grain of any of the mecurial salts will act so maliciously and so rapidly as to astound the physician in charge, and even to carry off the patient before his eyes. Such an instance is reported by Buchner.1 A teacher rubbed into each of the scalps of between 80 and 90 boys about a teaspoonful of mercurial ointment for pediculosis. All the boys showed symptoms of poisoning and one died. Sackner also reports1 a case of an adult into whose hands five grams

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