Phosphorus paste, kept for roach poison or in parlor matches, is

sometimes eaten by children, and has been wilfully taken for the

purpose of suicide. It is a powerful irritant. The first thing to be

done is to give freely of magnesia and water; then to give mucilaginous

drinks, as flaxseed tea, gum water or sassafras pith and water; and

lastly to administer finely-powdered bone-charcoal, either in pill or

in mixture with water.

In no case of poisoning should there be any avoidable delay in

obtaining the advice of a physician, and, meanwhile, the friends or

by-standers should endeavor to find out exactly what has been taken, so

that the treatment adopted may be as prompt and effective as possible.

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