Contributed by Joan H. Bixby
Description: Dr. C. F. Ball of Rutland.Date: May 12 1910
Newspaper published in: Burlington, Vt.
Source: Library of Congress
Page/Column: Page 9
Confusion in filling a doctor's prescription and carrying out his orders may have hastened the death of Wilfred Harney, the three-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeremiah Harvey (sic) of Rutland, which occurred Friday night. The child was critically ill of whopping cough following pneumonia and as a last resort Dr. C. F. Ball ordered cresoline to be burned in the room. He wrote a prescription to that effect, but through an error creolin was procured and burned. The child went into convulsions and began to strangle and the physician was summoned hastily. Upon arrival he saw that creolin had been burned in large quantities and that the child could live but a short time. Five other persons suffered from the effects of the creolin.