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March 1965

Clinical Toxicology.

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By Thienes and Haley. Price, $9.50. Pp 661. Lea & Febiger, Washington Sq, Philadelphia, 1964.

Arch Intern Med. 1965;115(3):374. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03860150118040

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This little volume is a practitioner's reference book and does not specialize in poisons alone. It discusses almost all drugs used in the therapy of the human being, the symptoms and signs of overdosage, and the quick and the long-term treatment of overdosage or poisoning.

One chapter is devoted to an outline of symptom diagnosis, ie, a stematic method of determining what the causative chemical or drug is. This sounds elementary yet the problem crops up not infrequently in the doctor's office and more commonly in the emergency room. This aid may be life or health saving. Chapter headings include these: convulsant poisons; central nervous system depressants (including alcohols, anesthetics, analgesic and antipyretic drugs); nerve poisons acting on nerve trunks, ganglia and nerve endings; excitors and depressors of smooth muscle; cardiac poisons; protoplasmic poisons; blood and hematopoietic system poisons; the general principles of treatment of poisoning and how to make

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