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July 23, 1887

What to do in Cases of Poisoning.

JAMA. 1887;IX(4):127-128. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400030031021

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Dr. Murrell is a very terse writer. The preface to this little book shows that he wastes no words: "A complaint has been made that the book is getting too big. I admit it, but the fact is, there are too many poisons now a days. If people who contemplate committing suicide would only adopt a uniform method it would facilitate matters greatly." Of course a book on the treatment of poisoning by Dr. Murrell is almost entirely based on a thorough knowledge of pharmacology; and he rightly says that one who forgets the antidotes to poisons cannot have a proper knowledge of this important branch of medicine.

The book is conveniently arranged for ready reference, and besides the bald facts of treatment contains many useful suggestions. With the exception of one particular it seems to be complete: no mention is made of transfusion in gas poisoning, and this must

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