CHESTON M. BERLIN, M.D.
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To the editor: In enclosed spaces containing vegetative matter (a farm silo, for example) considerable amounts of methane and carbon dioxide accumulate, with little or no oxygen. This condition can be a serious hazard to humans who work in or who accidentally fall into such an environment.
A 10-year-old boy was dumping grass clippings down a pipe (14-in. diameter) leading to a larger underground stone-lined abandoned cesspool. The family had been dumping grass clippings, leaves, and branches into this chamber for several years. The boy dropped the grass catcher into the hole, placed a ladder down the access pipe, and
BERLIN CM. Death from Anoxia in an Abandoned Cesspool. Ann Intern Med. ;95:387. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-95-3-387_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1981;95(3):387.
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