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August 9, 1965

Poisoning: Diagnosis and Treatment

JAMA. 1965;193(6):548-549. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090060138031

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The importance of poisonings in medical practice is rapidly increasing with the expanding use of chemicals in industry and medicine, as well as in everyday life. At the same time, poisoning with a given substance may be encountered only rarely, if at all, by an individual physician. It is clearly impossible to commit to memory the vast information required for all eventualities. Thus, a textbook of poisonings belongs to the hard core of books needed in every medical practice.

The book reviewed here profits from the fact that it is in its fourth edition in 12 years (1963). It suffers from the fact that it is a translation of the original (German) edition. Therefore, the terminology used is sometimes unfamiliar, and the experience of the author is not always typical for North America. For example, the author considers accidental poisoning in children with aspirin of little importance— and treats it

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