March 28, 1903

Toxicology. The Nature, Effects and Detection of Poisons, with the Diagnosis and Treatment of Poisoning.

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By Cassius M. Riley, M.D., Professor of Chemistry and Toxicology in Barnes Medical College. Cloth. Pp. 132. Price, $1.50. St. Louis: Lewis S. Matthews & Co.

JAMA. 1903;XL(13):865. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490130049020

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This little work is a second edition, though not so stated on the title page. It is a convenient, handy manual of the principal facts in regard to poisons and their antidotes. It is neatly gotten up and seems, in the main, to cover its subject very satisfactorily. An addition which will probably be appreciated is the series of good illustrations of some of the more important poisonous plants. One or two inaccuracies are noticed, such, for example, as the description of the poisonous serpents which is not reliable, since it only describes the viperine type. This, however, is the only type represented in this country that is really dangerous; the coral snake, which is mentioned as being comparatively rare and not vicious and hardly considered poisonous. The statement that chloroform is the principal anesthetic used in this country strikes us as incorrect. We had supposed that ether was used

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