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1857 BMJ (Clinical Research Edition)  
the public sale of opium. A woman named Bridget Kavanagh was indicted for the wilful murder of her child, Julia, aged three months, by poisoning it with laudanum. It appeared that the child was a little sick after its breakfast on the 13th of September, when the mother asked a witness if she could not get some " doctor's stuff" to make it sleep, expressing at the same time a wish that the child was dead. Shortly afterwards she went out and returned with a bottle of "doctor's stuff," which
more » ... stuff," which afterwards proved to have been laudanum. The potion, of course, poisoned the child, who died fifty-four hours after-ards at the University College Hospital. It appears from the following evidence that the poison was obtained as what is termed the " open shop " of a surgeon.
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