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November 17, 1956

Accidental Poisoning in Childhood: A Reference-Guide to the Chemical Constituents of Common Household Substances, Together with Treatment Recommendations for Their Accidental Ingestion by Children

JAMA. 1956;162(12):1196-1197. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970290092034

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In 1950, the American Academy of Pediatrics took official notice of the problems and hazards of poisoning by appointing a committee on accident prevention. Dr. Edward Press, working through this committee has now compiled a summary of the literature on the constitution of various household chemicals and methods of treatment. This booklet is divided into three main sections: Treatment Procedures, List of Toxic Substances and Suggested Treatment, and Toxic Constituents of Household Products. For quick reference, these three sections have been set off from one another by pages of a different color. Since this booklet was compiled primarily to aid in treating children who have accidentally ingested household poisons, much of the recommended treatment is broken down into dosages for infants and young children. The author has also pointed out that the suggestions given are only a guide and "must not be used mechanically or one will slip into sloppy

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