Home Health Guide to Poisons and Antidotes

Overview

Hundreds of poisons, both organic and inorganic, surround us in our daily lives. There are poisonous plants, animals, foods, medications, chemicals and so on. But which of these substances are always harmful and which are safe only under certain conditions? What precautions should parents take to protect their children and pets from these potential dangers? What are the currently accepted treatments in case of accidental ingestion or exposure to these poisons? And which poisons can prove fatal if not treated ...
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Overview

Hundreds of poisons, both organic and inorganic, surround us in our daily lives. There are poisonous plants, animals, foods, medications, chemicals and so on. But which of these substances are always harmful and which are safe only under certain conditions? What precautions should parents take to protect their children and pets from these potential dangers? What are the currently accepted treatments in case of accidental ingestion or exposure to these poisons? And which poisons can prove fatal if not treated promptly? "Poisons and Antidotes," a complete A-to-Z encyclopedia, supplies concise and understandable descriptions of more than 600 toxic substances, as well as the symptoms of and treatments for poisoning caused by ingestion or absorption of these substances. This guide offers tips on how to handle an emergency and how to contact a poison control center and a handy appendixes list: poisons by symptom, regional poison control centers, poison hotlines, relevant publications, toxicity ratings and more. "Poisons and Antidotes" is an important first step in poison prevention and public safety.

This comprehensive A-to-Z guidebook supplies concise, understandable descriptions of more than 600 substances, as well as the symptoms caused by their ingestion or absorption, and treatments that should (and should not) be administered to counteract them.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Turkington, co-author of the Encyclopedia of Deafness and Hearing Disorders ( LJ 2/15/92) , provides descriptions, symptoms, and treatments for over 600 potential poisons. Since most reference books on poisons cover substances from only one type of source, such as poisonous plants, it is convenient to have poisons from such possible toxic agents as plants, animals, drugs, household cleansers, and other chemicals covered in one concise volume. However, while Turkington's descriptions of the poisons and symptoms are informative, most of the suggested treatments could only be provided by a healthcare professional. In addition, while the introduction states that the ``information for the book comes from the most up-to-date sources available,'' several of the references listed at the end of the book have more updated editions. Recommended only for public or academic libraries that do not already have adequate resources in this area.-- Kathleen McQuiston, Philadelphia Coll. of Pharmacy & Science
Booknews
Some 600 entries, which include a wide variety of foods, plants, medicines, and household products, provide descriptions of toxic effects and what should be done to counteract those effects. Appendices include where to get home testing kits; national hotlines, newsletters, and organizations; education and information materials; poisons by symptom; regional poison control centers; and toxicity ratings of poisons. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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This A-to-Z reference describes more than 600 toxic substances & the symptoms & treatments for poisoning caused by their ingestion or absorption. Covers harmful food bacteria; household poisons; addictive drugs; toxic plants; more.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780808172017
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/1995
  • Pages: 372

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
If You Must Call a Poison Control Center
Rescue and Treatment
Entries A to Z 1
Appendix A: Home Testing Kits for Toxic Substances 316
Appendix B: Hotlines 318
Appendix C: Newsletters 319
Appendix D: Organizations 320
Appendix E: Poison Education and Information Materials 324
Appendix F: Poisons by Symptom 328
Appendix G: Regional Poison Control Centers 339
Appendix H: Toxicity Ratings of Poisons 345
References 348
Index 359
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