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July 21, 1978

The Art and Science of Clinical Toxicology

Author Affiliations

From the Nephrology Section, Department of Medicine, St Joseph Hospital, Orange, Calif.

JAMA. 1978;240(3):265-267. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03290030083034

THE Transactions of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs (ASAIO) is not a household word in medical practice, yet this yearly publication contains by far the most complete record of clinical observations on the management of poisoning. As befits the nature of the society, the greatest interest attaches to the use of extracorporeal devices to remove poisons from the bloodstream. The definition of poisons is broad and includes a large variety of exogenous agents as well as toxic substances produced by the body, ie, endogenous poisons. The 1977 edition of the Transactions1 provides an opportunity to share some of the newer information. The present review borrows some information from and summarizes some of the material from the reference cited.

From the days of its birth (1954), the ASAIO has been largely a creation of nephrologists and particularly those interested in dialysis. This is a historical fact and is not