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March 6, 1937

Toxicology or the Effects of Poisons

JAMA. 1937;108(10):833. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780100063032

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The increasing prominence of chemistry in modern life has made toxicology a matter of everyday concern. Hardly any occupation is devoid of contact with toxic materials; even the air one breathes and the food one eats is suspect. The former is often laden with smoke containing carcinogenic and other toxic agents as well as industrial dusts; the latter may be contaminated with lead and arsenic compounds used as insecticides. Many new compounds known or suspected to be harmful are introduced every day into industry, and new industrial methods increase the contact of workers with known poisons. Toxic gases are being used in industrial disputes as well as in warfare. The recent discovery of the toxic potentialities of certain drugs such as aminopyrine and cinchophen, the introduction of new and potentially dangerous anesthetic agents, the preparation and marketing of an endless series of barbituric acid derivatives, the widespread and immoderate use

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