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August 8, 1959

Dangerous Marine Animals

JAMA. 1959;170(15):1876. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010150120032

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This book was written after 14 years of medical research on marine organisms. Dangerous animals are those that bite or are poisonous to man. This is a practical and instructive guide to their identification, world-wide geographical distribution, habits, noxious effects, and the treatment and prevention thereof. The opening chapter is a brief résumé of the manner in which knowledge of dangerous marine organisms has evolved. Following chapters deal with marine animals that bite (sharks, moray eels, and giant clams); those that sting (jellyfish, cone shells, and stingrays); and those that are poisonous to eat. This last chapter is not concerned with illness due to bacterial food poisoning, but rather with marine animals whose flesh may contain toxic substances under certain conditions. Physicians should be particularly interested in the sections on medical aspects which describe types of wounds, symptoms of poisoning, and recommended treatment. The practical value of this book is

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