By Paresh Banerji. Cloth. Price, 16/6 net. Pp. 430, with illustrations. London: Butterworth & Co., 1929.
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This handbook, written by a native India layman, contains an excellent section on the identification and distribution of poisonous snakes of the whole world, illustrated with many colored cuts. The main purpose of the book, however, is apparently the promotion of the author's so-called specific for snake poison. It is used as an inhalation designed to neutralize the venom circulated in the blood stream. The author endeavors to substantiate his claims by reviewing 1,134 case reports, which occupy more than half the book. Banerji's theories do not correspond to the accepted view of scientific men as to the nature of venom and the modern treatment of snake-bite.
Handbook of Snake-Bite.. JAMA. 1930;95(2):149. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720020065039