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The Daily Dispatch: March 29, 1864., [Electronic resource], Antidote for Poison. (search)
Antidote for Poison. --Dr. James Edmonds, a prominent London physician, writes as follows to the London Times: I enclose a simple, safe, and accessible prescription for the whole range of acid and corrosive poisons, which, if promptly used, will almost invariably save life: Mix two ounces of powdered chalk, or magnesia, or one ounce of washing soda, with a pint of milk, and swallow at one draught; then tickle the back of the throat with a feather or the finger, so as to produce vomiting. Afterwards drink frequently of hot milk and water, and repeat the vomiting, so as to thoroughly wash out the stomach. Any quantity of chalk or magnesia may be taken with safety, but soda in large quantities is injurious. I may add also that, the narcotics being accepted, milk alone is an antidote for almost all poisons, and especially if followed by vomiting.