ROBERT W. MILLER, M.D.
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To the editor: Mikolich, Paulson, and Cross (1) recently called attention to an anticholinergic syndrome due to ingestion of Jimson seeds by teen-agers for a hallucinogenic effect. Their report brings to mind other misadventures with Jimson weed. Roueché (2) described the poisoning of five persons who shared a meal that included home-grown tomatoes from stalks grafted onto a Jimson weed plant. Both plants are members of the nightshade family. The graft was made to produce a frost-resistant tomato that would ripen in late fall. Unfortunately, the fruit was filled with belladonna alkaloids.
In an excellent but obscure five-paragraph report, three
MILLER RW. Jimson Weed Seeds. Ann Intern Med. 1975;83:905. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-83-6-905_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1975;83(6):905.
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