Re: Re: Re: Tequilas again (12/06/13 17:26:53)
Oluf Röe's thesis about methanol poisoning. He says in his introduction that as little as a teaspoonful of the pure substance was sometimes observed to give toxicity - but that the clinical impression was that there was wide variability. Those who kept on drinking non-contaminated spirits typically fared better than others.
So he made ethanol an antidote. 4-methyl pyrazole - a much more recent substance - ("fomepizole") is less messy and more effective and is the preferred antidote in affluent countries (3000 € for one treatment course - the curse of drugs for rare diseases - "orphan drugs").
In one of the case stories, a stranger came and visited a worker (I think it was a road project). He had some liquor with him; the drank together, the stranger stayed the night, and the next morning the stranger was dead.
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