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May 1962

Handbook of Poisoning: Diagnosis and Treatment

Arch Intern Med. 1962;109(5):630. doi:10.1001/archinte.1962.03620170128021

This little paperback is one of those books often seen bulging from the pocket of an intern's jacket. Most interns rarely have time to read them, and usually pick a more complete reference book when they have the opportunity.

The stated purpose of this book is to provide a concise summary of the diagnosis and treatment of clinically important poisons. Agricultural poisons, industrial hazards, household chemicals, medicinal poisons, and plant and reptile hazards are discussed following an introductory section on the emergency management of poisoning and a few pages outlining the physician's legal and medical responsibility in poisoning. An extensive appendix describes the use of various mechanical resuscitation units and supplementary oxygen equipment. The index is adequate. There are no blank pages, since even the backs of the covers give information on first-aid measures and a checklist of household poisons.

So many drugs are being introduced that perhaps a new

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