February 27, 1915

Laboratory Manual for the Detection of Poisons and Powerful Drugs.

JAMA. 1915;LXIV(9):766. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570350060032

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The present edition presents the subject in a handy volume, and describes the systematic detection of poisons in a clear and sufficiently exhaustive manner. Quantitative methods are given, and some of the more recent biologic tests find their place among the older standard methods. Among these may be mentioned the test for arsenic by growth of Pencillium brevicaule and the serum test for human blood. Tests for a considerable number of alkaloidal substances, not usually included as poisons, are described, and the modern synthetics are quite comprehensively treated. A feature which will be attractive to students of pharmacy is the inclusion of a number of assay processes from the German Pharmacopeia. The method of Reinsch, which is very convenient as a preliminary test for the use of physicians, receives no mention. The descriptions and directions for the various processes are clear and concise. Explanations of the theoretical aspects of the

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