MARCEL ROCHE, M.D.; LYMAN C. WYNNE, M.D.; DONALD M. HASKINS, M.D.
The following cases are believed to be of interest because: (1) They illustrate recovery from barbiturate intoxication, potentially fatal in degree, without the use of picrotoxin. (2) Correlation between the clinical status and blood barbiturate levels was made.2
Case 1. (Figure 1.) This 40 year old taxi driver was perfectly well the evening before admission. At 8 a.m. on the day of admission, the patient's wife noticed that her husband was "asleep and breathing very heavily." At noon, the first attempt at awakening was made, without success. The local physician was called; he administered adrenalin and caffeine with
ROCHE M, WYNNE LC, HASKINS DM. THERAPY OF ACUTE BARBITURATE POISONING: REPORT OF THREE CASES1. Ann Intern Med. ;33:73–82. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-33-1-73
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1950;33(1):73-82.
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