§ MR. J. AIRD (Paddington, N)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether, on the 25th December last, a death was reported to Dr. Gordon Hogg, the Coroner for West Middlesex, by a medical practitioner, as a probable case of poisoning by an opiate; and, whether he would ascertain on what grounds the Coroner had based the opinion expressed that the medical practitioner was worthy of censure for administering sulphonal in 25-grain doses?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Sir MATTHEW WHITE RIDLEY,) Lancashire, Blackpool
I have been in communication with the Coroner referred to, who informs me that he did not express the opinion attributed to him in the question. The doctor was censured by the jury, through their foreman, for prescribing in the case without due examination.