MATTHEW J. FERGUSON, M.D.; WILLIAM J. GRACE, M.D., F.A.C.P.
This paper reports our experience with the management of barbiturate intoxication in 140 patients over a six-year period (1953 to 1959). The patients were seen at St. Vincent's Hospital in the heart of Greenwich Village, New York, where there is an unusually high incidence of barbiturate overdosage. Only those patients who were unconscious or whose sensorium was depressed were admitted to the hospital, and only those who were hospitalized were studied.
Forty-five of the 140 cases were omitted from this report because they presented no therapeutic problem (Class O of Reed et al.1); because there was a question of whether
FERGUSON MJ, GRACE WJ. THE CONSERVATIVE MANAGEMENT OF BARBITURATE INTOXICATION: EXPERIENCE WITH 95 UNCONSCIOUS PATIENTS1. Ann Intern Med. 1961;54:726–733. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-54-4-726
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1961;54(4):726-733.
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