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March 13, 1987

Poisoning: Toxicology, Symptoms and Treatments

Author Affiliations

Food and Drug Administration Rockville, Md

Food and Drug Administration Rockville, Md

JAMA. 1987;257(10):1399-1400. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03390100137044

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This is the newest revision of a well-known textbook and reference on poisoning. Its readable style and its wide-ranging contents must be weighed against the apparent shortcomings of this revision.

The book gives the impression of not having been completely brought up-to-date. It contains references to the 17th and 18th editions of the United States Pharmacopeia, whereas the current edition is the 21st. It mentions a government agency by a name that was eliminated in a reorganization four years ago. It discusses an antidote for overuse of iodine therapy for corneal herpes simplex, a therapy that has not been recommended in more than 15 years. It includes diagnostic tests, such as thymol turbidity and cephalin flocculation, that have not been used for almost 20 years. It refers to the discovery of the transfer of antibiotic resistance between bacteria as having occurred "more recently," although this is a discovery that was