LUIS SANCHEZ-SICILIA, M.D.; DUDLEY S. SETO, M.D.; SATORU NAKAMOTO, M.D.; WILLEM J. KOLFF, M.D.
The availability of bichloride of mercury makes it a convenient, though not a pleasant, way of committing suicide or homicide. Accidental poisoning occurs, although each tablet is clearly labeled "poison" on one side and marked with a death's head on the other.
Formerly, death of persons having acute mercurial poisoning was caused by uremia (1-4) sometimes in spite of intensive medical care. With the advent of British antilewisite (BAL) as an antidote to mercurial poisoning, the mortality has diminished (5) although death from uremia still occurs when BAL is given too late or in insufficient quantities. However, with the development
SANCHEZ-SICILIA L, SETO DS, NAKAMOTO S, KOLFF WJ. Acute Mercurial Intoxication Treated by Hemodialysis. Ann Intern Med. 1963;59:692–706. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-59-5-692
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1963;59(5_Part_1):692-706.
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