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March 27, 1954

Maladies médicamenteuses d'ordre thérapeutique et accidentel

JAMA. 1954;154(13):1144. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940470096052

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The availability to the modern physician of a host of potent drugs requires his acquaintance not only with their therapeutic virtues but also with their toxic potentialities. Useful drugs that normally are relatively innocuous may, under certain circumstances in susceptible persons, induce effects that may prove fatal. These toxic effects are often unnoticed in the presence of the underlying disease unless the physician is acquainted with their nature and alert to their appearance.

This volume is an excellent and thorough review of the toxic effects of all drugs in common use. After a brief résumé of the normal action and uses of each drug, the author describes their toxicology when used as therapeutic agents as well as when misused or taken with suicidal intent. This description is followed by a detailed discussion of available methods of treatment for the adverse effects of the drugs. The information included is thorough, sound,

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