Diagnosis: MIST in Alabama

A 60-year-old woman in Huntsville, Ala., swallowed a large number of aspirins, plus some sleeping pills and tranquilizers. Her local doctor, knowing that she needed help fast, but unsure of the proper antidote, made one telephone call. A brief consultation with an expert on drugs gave the puzzled physician the simple answer. A quick stomach pumping brought the woman out of danger. Three months ago she might have died.

The reason she did not was MIST, Medical Information Service via Telephone, a new consultation service created last July by the Medical College...

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