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October 20, 1956

Handbook of Poisons

JAMA. 1956;162(8):846. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970250146021

There has been a need for a compact book that summarizes information on commercially available poisonous chemicals. The author has undertaken to provide a concise summary of the diagnosis and treatment of the clinically important poisons. The book provides a digest of general considerations in treatment of poisoning and discusses pesticides and other agricultural poisons as well as industrial hazards, household chemicals, medicinal poisons, and plant and animal hazards. Appendixes illustrating and describing mechanical resuscitation equipment, drugs, and equipment in the treatment of poisoning and first-aid measures add to the usefulness of this volume. For brevity or to facilitate comparison much of the material is presented in outlines and tables. This manner of presentation of material, while helpful to the busy physician, sacrifices the background information that is useful for full appreciation of the rationale behind various admonitions and recommendations. The handbook has been carefully compiled and should prove useful

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