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Lab Notes from an Unintentional Experiment
by Dr. James Moore
Citation:   Dr. James Moore. "Lab Notes from an Unintentional Experiment: An Experience with BZ (exp93237)". Oct 31, 2011.


The following is excerpted from the 1962 lab book of Dr. James Moore, who was accidentally exposed to BZ during a BZ synthesis he was completing for the CIA. Four days after the exposure, he ingested 100 mg of acridine as an antidote.

After handling the compound for about 2 days pharmacological reactions became apparent: Stumbling gait, inability to concentrate or converse effectively, dilated pupils, pink fingernails & blotchy pink hands with fingers dark pink and swollen -- very little tactile sense. Tendency toward tremors; sudden deep breathing. Very weak legs. Dry skin -- no sweating; distortion of distance and time.

The above symptoms were still almost full-blown on Wed 28 Nov, about 48 hours after onset (first noticed Mon. 26 Nov.

Thurs. 29 Nov: Legs better, tremors fewer. Skin still pink. Eyes still very dilated & painful.

Fri. Symptoms about the same - hands less swollen - pupils still dilated -- At 7:00 PM and 12:00 midnight took 100 mg. 5-amino-1,2,3,4 tetrahydroacridine (from K. Koniacial [spelling??] -- recx / benzene - mp. 182-183

Sat Dec 4 -- pupils normal size -- better motor control although legs still weak & tired.

Exp Year: 1962ExpID: 93237
Gender: Male 
Age at time of experience: Not Given 
Published: Oct 31, 2011Views: 26,614
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