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December 14, 1957

POISON CONTROL CENTERS

JAMA. 1957;165(15):1994. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980330096025

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  In the Oct. 12, 1957, issue of The Journal, page 686, is an excellent summary on first-aid measures for poisoning. There is a growing interest in the United States in the control of accidental poisoning. In addition to the A. M. A.'s Committee on Toxicology, the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Accident Prevention has a subcommittee on accidental poisoning, and the American Public Health Association Committee on Research and Standards has a subcommittee on chemical poisons.Local poison control centers have been organized throughout the country. There are 101 of these centers in 35 states. The centers are set up to give 24-hour around-the-clock information service. Facts about the composition of a product, its relative toxicity, first-aid measures, and treatment are usually available at the poison control center. Furthermore, many local poison control centers provide 24-hour service for treatment of poisoning cases, when the private physician

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