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January 26, 1957

Dictionary of Poisons

JAMA. 1957;163(4):325. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970390101036

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This book presents a list of poisons, with a brief description of symptoms, first-aid treatment, and antidotes. The list of common drugs and poisons is complete with respect to inclusion of compounds that are most frequently involved as causes of accidental poisoning. The brief description of symptoms is insufficient to permit diagnosis of the cause of poisoning. The book would have greater value if it contained more specific and complete descriptions of the symptoms. In cases where the causative drug or poison is known, the symptoms listed could serve as a useful guide until more detailed and specific information is obtained from other sources. The book contains a description of first-aid treatment for each poison. The treatment described is aimed at preventing or decreasing absorption from the gastrointestinal tract, and it should serve a useful purpose in this respect, since the authors have listed two or three first-aid measures and

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