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August 19, 1939

Carbon Monoxide Asphyxia

JAMA. 1939;113(8):710. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800330076034

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The hazard of carbon monoxide asphyxia is considerable in many important industries. Some 40,000 people die each year of this and related causes. During the past few years there have been extensive studies on the subject, and the bibliography included in this volume lists hundreds of references. After considering the physiology and biochemistry of carbon monoxide asphyxia, the author takes up acute poisoning and the problem of the after-effects, next the determination of what constitutes harmful exposure and then the statistics, the pathology and the treatment. Final chapters are concerned with technical methods dealing with the detection and determination of carbon monoxide in the air and in the body. There are an extensive bibliography and both author and subject indexes as well as forty illustrations and twenty-one tables supplying important information and data. The chapter on analytic methods was prepared by Dr. Julius Sendroy Jr. Certainly it is the most

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