John G. Setter, M.D.; John F. Maher, M.D., F.A.C.P.; George E. Schreiner, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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Previous studies of barbiturate intoxication have dealt predominantly with the "long" acting drugs. We have noted an increased incidence of intoxication due to short acting preparations. During a 14-year period, 140 intoxications occurred in 131 patients: 92 due to short acting barbiturates alone or in combination with other sedatives. The patients ranged from 1 (accidental) to 82 years of age. The youngest intentional overdose was 6 years old. The patients were predominantly female. There were 17 deaths: 12 after short acting, 3 after combinations, and 2 after undetermined types of barbiturate ingestions. Death was usually due to cardiopulmonary complications and
Setter JG, Maher JF, Schreiner GE. Acute Barbiturate Intoxication.. Ann Intern Med. ;61:802. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-61-4-802_5
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1964;61(4):802.
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