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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer:
Description: This is the sixth edition of a comprehensive textbook of toxicologic emergencies. The previous edition was published in 1994.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide better patient care and stimulate interest in medical toxicology. These worthy objectives are well accomplished.
Audience: This book is written for students of medicine, nursing, and pharmacy, residents in emergency medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, preventive health, and family practice, and fellows in medical toxicology, as well as attending physicians. The authors and contributors are primarily medical toxicologists and PharmDs.
Features: This edition includes 12 new chapters including a section on antidotes-in-depth and expanded discussions of serotonin reuptake inhibitors, paralytics, and EKGs in toxicology. It includes basic science, clinical manifestations, and treatment of toxicologic and numerous environmental emergencies. Four pages of color plates are useful, but should be expanded to include color plates of toxic plants/mushrooms
Assessment: since the small black-and-white illustrations of these toxins are not very useful to the practitioner.