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October 25, 1924

Toxicology or The Effects of Poisons.

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By Frank P. Underhill, Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology, School of Medicine, Yale University. Cloth. Price, $2.25. Pp. 292. Philadelphia: P. Blakiston's Son & Co., 1924.

JAMA. 1924;83(17):1358. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660170074037

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This book includes a course of lectures representing a compilation from standard textbooks and the literature. No attempt has been made to give the details involved in the isolation and identification of poisonous substances. It is intended, rather, to give the essential effects of poisons. Each poison is treated from the standpoint of general description, poisonous action, symptoms, fatal dose, fatal period, postmortem appearance, and treatment of the patient when poisoned. The differences between acute and chronic poisoning are considered, particularly in the discussions of arsenic, lead and mercury. The liability of poisoning from bismuth compounds employed in the treatment of syphilis and from impurities in barium sulphate when this substance is used in roentgen-ray work are mentioned. The critical nature of the book is evidenced from the statement in the chapter on mercury poisoning: "A variety of treatments have been proposed aimed to render less active mercury that has

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