ARTHUR H. KEENEY, M.D.; SHERMAN M. MELLINKOFF, M.D.
The purpose of this paper is to reëxamine some of the cardinal features of methyl alcohol poisoning in the light of 23 cases recently studied in an Army hospital in Korea.
Methyl alcohol (CH3OH), properly known as methanol, and more commonly called wood alcohol, also passes under a large number of other names, such as Columbian spirit, Manhattan spirit, pyroxylic spirit, "derail" and "sterno." Methanol is an important industrial solvent and the major ingredient of many inexpensive anti-freeze preparations.
Acute or chronic poisoning may be produced by ingestion, cutaneous absorption or inhalation. Atmospheric concentrations of 0.2 per cent may cause
KEENEY AH, MELLINKOFF SM. METHYL ALCOHOL POISONING(METHYL ALCOHOL POISONING*). Ann Intern Med. 1951;34:331–338. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-34-2-331
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