RICHARD H. BARRETT, M.D., M.SC.
The barbiturates, next to carbon monoxide, are the most frequent source of poisoning, both suicidal and accidental.2 This may well be attributable to the widespread use of the barbiturate drugs1 as evidenced by the fact that in 1945, alone, over 290 tons of this one group of hypnotics were produced.
This paper reports an investigation of the effects of a new analeptic agent, sodium succinate, in the treatment of poisoning with barbituric acid compounds.
The present and generally accepted treatment of barbiturate poisoning3 consists of one or all of the following procedures with, possibly, others: (a) Administration of oxygen, alone
BARRETT RH. SODIUM SUCCINATE—AN ANALEPTIC FOR BARBITURATE POISONING IN MAN1. Ann Intern Med. ;31:739–749. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-31-5-739
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1949;31(5):739-749.
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