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As one who always found Dr Goldfrank's articles in the Hospital Physician journal informative and useful, I especially welcomed this expanded second edition of his handbook with eight contributors. The editors have compiled ten major sections and 46 case presentations, twice as many as in the first edition, which not only cover the primary toxicological problems of interest and concern, but also many of the current controversies in the management of acute and chronic poisoning.
Major headings include "General Management of the Poisoned and Overdosed Patient," "Alcohol," "Analgesics," "Botanicals," "Toxic and Hallucinogenic Mushrooms," "Food and Plant Poisoning," "Cyanide," "Heavy Metals," "Insecticides," and "Mixed Problems." Also included are many other specific and general toxic drugs and chemicals. At the end of each chapter there is a list of suggested readings and ample references.
A new segment of this second edition is the self-assessment section with 460 questions (ten per case study),
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