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The second edition of this standard work on poisoning will be of greatest usefulness to the industrial physician called on to treat acute poisoning with known modern chemicals. A rather encyclopedic discussion of the various poisons which may cause individual symptoms would appear to be of doubtful usefulness except in the rare instance of poisonings due to unknown substances. The section on qualitative confirmatory laboratory tests for many items appears to be excellent.
The book is clearly not designed for and will not be of much help in the treatment of accidental poisonings in childhood, where the vast majority of such poisonings occur. There is no attempt made to indicate the poisonous contents of common household articles or even of classes of household articles. The brief description of symptoms and treatment of poisoning due to individual substances is weakened by the general failure to indicate lethal doses or order of
WHEELER WE. Poisoning: A Guide to Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment. AMA Am J Dis Child. 1959;97(2):252. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1959.02070010254025
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