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June 1972

Venomous Reptiles.

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Fort Collins, Colo

Arch Intern Med. 1972;129(6):1009. doi:10.1001/archinte.1972.00320060157051

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The September 1970 issue of Clinical Toxicology, was devoted entirely to articles on snake venoms and envenomation. The articles were assembled under the supervision of Sherman A. Minton of Indiana.

The first chapter, written by Minton, concerns morphological characteristics of different venomous snakes. This article is especially useful for someone who needs to determine whether the snake he captured is venomous or harmless without going into the many details of species differentiation.

Elazer Kochva and Carl Gans described the morphology of venomous glands of elapids and viperids in detail. Unfortunately, due to the low quality of the photo print, it is a chore to examine the photographs, especially the electron micrographs.

Biochemistry of snake venoms was written by Jesus Jiminez-Porras. It will be a very useful reference source (413 references) for those who specialize in snake venom research. However, for scientific laymen who want a bird's-eye view of the biochemistry

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