SOME CONSTITUENTS

OF

THE POISON IVY PLANT
(RHUS TOXICODENDRON)

DISSERTATION

SUBMITTED TO THE BOARD OF UNIVERSITY STUDIES

OF THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY IN CONFORMITY WITH

THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

BY WILLIAM ANDERSON SYME

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Not many cases of internal poisoning by Rhus toxicodendron are on record in medical literature. Two cases of poisoning from eating the fruit of this plant have been described. The subjects of these cases were two children who had eaten nearly a pint of the fruit. The symptoms are described in detail, being in general, similar to those of alkaloidal poisoning. Warm water was given to promote emesis; afterwards large quantities of carbonate of soda were given in solution under the belief that it was an antidote to the poison. Otherwise they were treated on general principles. Both children recovered.........................

 

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