Drugs: New Treatment for Coma

The would-be suicide, rushed to a hospital in a coma and with a belly full of drugs, can be one of medicine's most devilish problems. Before they can prescribe an antidote, doctors must identify the drugs—and all too often the suicide is the only available source of information. How to ask him? Merely keeping him alive is a heroic chore. Oxygen, artificial respiration and a tracheotomy may all be called for simply to keep the comatose patient breathing and pumping blood.

When he got to Honolulu's Tripler General Hospital, reports U.S. Army...

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