Articles from Aids To Forensic Medicine And Toxicology
Foeticide Or Criminal Abortion
Opium And Morphine
Death By Strangulation
The Inebriates Acts
Wounds And Mechanical Injuries
Sulphonal Trional Tetronal Veronal Paraldehyde
Presumption Of Death; Survivorship
Mercury And Its Preparations
=Cocaine.=--Any dose above 1/2 grain applied to a mucous membrane or
injected hypodermically may give rise to alarming symptoms. These are
intense pallor, faintness, giddiness, dilatation of pupils, paroxysmal
dyspnoea, rapid, intermittent, and weak pulse, nausea and vomiting,
intense prostration verging on collapse, and convulsions. The patient
may recover if allowed to remain in a recumbent position, but stimulants
by mouth--e.g., ammonia--and the hypodermic injection of brandy or
ether may be necessary, with the inhalation of nitrite of amyl.
For care in the prescribing of cocaine see under the 'Dangerous Drugs
Act, 1920' (p. 82).
The =Cocaine Habit= consists in the self-administration of the drug
hypodermically. It induces excitement, which is followed by prostration.
In time melancholia or mania develops, with great irritation of the skin
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