E. A. HILDRETH, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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Several years ago, the editors of Newsweek magazine, commenting on emergency medical identification, showed a greater awareness of an important life-and-death problem than has been shown by members of the medical and paramedical professions or by the personnel of the various police and fire-fighting forces throughout the nation. These authors stated correctly that
"Each year, hundreds of epileptics and diabetics found unconscious by the police are tossed in jail as "drunks"; some diabetics die there for lack of treatment. Thousands of Americans are allergic to penicillin—an injection can produce fatal shock. Thousands more might die if given horse serum anti-tetanus
HILDRETH EA. Penalty for Unconsciousness: The Need for Emergency Medical Identification. Ann Intern Med. 1964;61:794–795. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-61-4-794
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1964;61(4):794-795.
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