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June 1959

Handbook of Treatment of Acute Poisoning.

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By E. H. Bensley, M.B.E., B.A., M.D., F.A.C.P., and G. E. Joron, B.A., M.D., C.M., F.A.C.P. Price, $4.00. Pp. 212. E. & S. Livingstone, Ltd., 16 and 17 Teviot Place, Edinburgh 1 (American agent—The Williams & Wilkins Company, Mount Royal & Guilford Aves., Baltimore 2), 1958.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1959;97(6):894-895. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1959.02070010896024

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The authors set out to write a monograph of limited scope that will encompass two objectives: to impart certain general principles in the treatment of acute poisoning, and to provide a convenient reference source of the clinical manifestations and treatments of the common types of poisoning. Toward the second objective the book is admirably well written and organized. Forty-eight general classes of poisoning are discussed in an alphabetical sequence which also appears in the table of contents, making speedy reference to any one topic a relatively easy task. Under each topic, various related toxic substances, their lay names, and certain household articles in which they appear are given; also presented in each topic are the symptomatology of poisoning, emergency measures of treatment, specific therapy wherever possible, and, lastly, management of the after-effects wherever necessary. In addition, a good index is available so that reference to any specific toxic substance can

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