Archive for January 2018

Anterograde amnesia and hippocampal lesions: is fentanyl the culprit?

January 31, 2018, 1:23 pm

Hippocampus (


An Unusual Amnesic Syndrome Associated With Combined Fentanyl and Cocaine Use. Duru LB et al. Ann Intern Med 30 Jan 2018 [Epub ahead of print]


Last year we reviewed an MMWR report describing 14 cases of anterograde amnesia associated with substance abuse and bilateral ischemia of the hippocampi, as well as an additional paper giving somewhat more …

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Comprehensive up-to-date review of toxic alcohol poisoning

January 30, 2018, 1:05 am


Toxic Alcohols. Kraut JA, Mullins ME. N Engl J Med 2018 Jan 18;378:270-280.


This is a good general review and update of clinical issues regarding the major toxic alcohols: methanol, ethylene glycol, isopropanol, diethylene glycol, and propylene glycol.

The article is chockablock with information, and would I think be somewhat difficult to follow if one was not already familiar …

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Tox Tunes #114: Mr. Pharmacist (The Fall)

January 28, 2018, 10:28 pm

Although The Fall had been making music since the late 1970s and is considered one of the most durable and long-lasting groups to emerge from the British post-punk scene, they had really never been on my radar. When the group’s vocalist and founder Mark E. Smith died this week, his obituary in the New York Times noted:

At various points

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Tox Tunes #113: Legend of a Mind (Moody Blues)

January 15, 2018, 12:28 am

“Legend of a Mind” is about Timothy Leary, the one-time Harvard professor of psychology and 1960s LSD-mountebank Timothy Leary, whom Richard Nixon once called the “most dangerous man in America.”

Timothy Leary’s Dead
No, no, he’s outside looking in
He’ll fly his astral plane
Takes you trips around the bay
Brings you back the same day
Timothy Leary, Timothy

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Fatal ingestion of e-cigarette nicotine liquid

January 9, 2018, 1:55 am



Death from Ingestion of E-Liquid. Morley S et al. J Emerg Med 2017 Dec;53:862-864.


This short case report is presented in a somewhat confusing fashion but nevertheless brings up interesting points.

A 32-year-old man was brought to hospital after having a cardiac arrest in the field 1 hour after ingesting approximately 20 ml of e-cigarette nicotine liquid containing …

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The 8th Annual Alexander Awards: The Best Tox Reading of 2017

January 2, 2018, 4:17 pm

Alexander Gettler

Once again, last year’s outstanding examples of long-form journalism dealing with topics related to medical toxicology were dominated by coverage of the opioid crisis, its origins and the resulting carnage.

The must-read article of the year was “The Family That Built a Empire of Pain,” Patrick Radden Keefe’s massive history of the Sacklers, one of America’s …

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