Medicine: Strychnine Antidotes

"V. H., a white woman, aged 19, well developed and well nourished, was brought into the Indianapolis City Hospital at 5:15 p. m., Oct. 26, 1928. She had taken 100 one-thirtieth grain (0.002 gm.) strychnine sulphate tablets at 1 p. m. after a heavy meal. . . . She immediately had a severe generalized convulsion with opisthotonos [body arched], trismus [lockjaw], risus sardonicus [a taut, toothy grin], complete extension of the extremities, and cyanosis [purpling of the skin and mucous membrane]. . . . She was given 81 grains (0.55 gm.) of...

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