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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Dave Stone, PhD, MS (Oregon State University)
Description: This book provides comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis and treatment for a wide variety of drugs and poisons. In addition to therapeutic and illicit drugs, it summarizes industrial, occupational, and environmental agents, including adverse health effects and possible antidotes. A previous edition was published in 2004.
Purpose: It includes practical advice for the diagnosis and management of poisoning and drug overdose and concise information about common industrial chemicals. These are worthy objectives and updated editions are required so that information is as current as possible.
Audience: Poison control staff, medical toxicologists, and healthcare practitioners are the intended audience. The authors are the faculty, staff, and associates of the California Poison Control System.
Features: The book covers the basic evaluation and treatment of people who are poisoned, including specific chemical agents, therapeutic drugs and antidotes, and environmental and occupational chemicals. This book is novel and comprehensive in that occupational and environmental toxins are included with drugs and therapeutic agents within a framework of poisoning management. There are few illustrations, which does not affect the book's quality or utility, but more illustrations in the first section on basic evaluation and treatment would be helpful.
Assessment: This is an excellent resource for poison control centers, toxicologists, and healthcare practitioners for the diagnosis, treatment, and management of poisonings as a result of exposure to a wide variety of industrial, therapeutic, illicit, and environmental chemicals.