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February 17, 1984

Clinical Management of Poisoning and Drug Overdose

Author Affiliations

Division of Anti-Infective Drug Products Food and Drug Administration Rockville, Md

JAMA. 1984;251(7):965-966. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340310069029

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Poisoning is a medical problem that has been with mankind since the earliest humans experimented with plants and minerals in their surroundings. Today the problem is greater than in earlier times because of the proliferation of therapeutic drugs, the social phenomena of illicit drug and alcohol abuse, and the ever present toxic components of consumer goods that have come to us through industrial wealth.

Many practicing physicians need a ready source of information about poisons, and this volume edited by Haddad and Winchester is an ideal choice. The editors broadly define "poisoning" to include accidental toxic ingestion, unintentional overdose of therapeutic drugs by any route, and bites by poisonous snakes or insects. They also cover in detail the toxic effects of abused drugs and alcohol.

The particular strength of this book is its clarity. With the exception of one or two chapters, most of the book is free of subspecialty