August 1942

Acute Alcoholic Intoxication: A Critical Review.

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By Henry W. Newman, M.D. Price, $2.50. Pp. 207. Stanford University, P. O., Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1941.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1942;70(2):346. doi:10.1001/archinte.1942.00200200166012

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Dr. Henry W. Newman, assistant professor of medicine (neuropsychiatry) of Stanford University Medical School, is well qualified to discuss the problem of acute alcoholic intoxication, as shown by his numerous publications on this subject during the past ten years.

The book is not intended to review in detail all of the literature but instead is designed to present the major contributions of the last few years which add to the scientific and fundamental understanding of the subject.

The contents are divided into two parts; the first deals with the general actions of ethyl alcohol, namely, the absorption and distribution, the excretion and the combustion of this substance. This section brings together many scattered reports from the literature and presents them as individual points of view.

The second part deals with the toxicology of ethyl alcohol, namely, the acute toxicity of this substance, the chemical diagnosis of drunkenness and the treatment

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