674 MEDICAL JURISPRUDENCE seeds, especially when crushed, as they produce gastric irritation. A bitter taste dryness of the mouth and throat, burning pain in the stomach, dysphagia and difficulty in talking are the first symptoms that are com- plained of. These are followed by giddiness, staggering gait, inco-ordmation of the muscles, peculiar flushed appearance of the face, dry, hot skin with a rise in temperature, diplopia, dilated pupils with loss of accommodation for near vision, red and injected conjunctivse and drowsiness. Sometimes, a scarlatinal rash or exfoliation of the skin is seen over most of the body, and the temperature is raised very high. In three cases of poisoning m the District of Hissar the temperatures were noted 105,4 , 107.4 and 108 F. respectively.1 In three cases which came under my observation in the King George's Hospital, Lucknow, during 1932, the temperatures were found to be 102°, 104° and 105°F. respectively. The pulse is full and bounding, but later becomes weak, irregular and intermittent. The patient now becomes restless and delirious. Delirium is of a peculiar character. He is silent or mutters indistinct and inaudible words but, usually he is noisy, tries to run away from his bed, picks at the bed clothes, tries to pull imaginary threads from the tips of his fingers, and is subject to dreadful hallucinations of sight and hearing. In fatal cases drowsiness passes into stupor, convulsions and coma. Death occurs from paralysis of the heart or respiration. In cases, which recover, stupor passes away, and secondary delirium develops, which lasts for some hours. Fig. 152.—Datura Alba : Fruits. In some cases insensibility occurs almost immediately after the poison is administered either in solution, or in very fine powder. A man. drank two mouthfuls of a liquid poisoned with datura, complained of a bitter taste and fell down insensible within forty yards of the spot where he had drunk, and did not recover his senses until the third day. Another man was struck down so suddenly that his feet were scalded by some hot water which he was carrying.2 1. Black, Punjab Chemical Examiner's Annual Report 2* Chevers, Med. Juris* Ed. m, p. 210.