The Home Health Guide to Poisons and Antidotes

The Home Health Guide to Poisons and Antidotes

by Carol Turkington
     
 

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This comprehensive A-to-Z guidebook supplies concise descriptions of more than 600 substances, the symptoms they can cause, and treatments to counteract them. It includes exhaustive coverage of spiders and snakes; harmful food bacteria; common household poisons; addictive drugs; indoor pollutants; insecticides and fertilizers; and toxic plants and flowers.

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This comprehensive A-to-Z guidebook supplies concise descriptions of more than 600 substances, the symptoms they can cause, and treatments to counteract them. It includes exhaustive coverage of spiders and snakes; harmful food bacteria; common household poisons; addictive drugs; indoor pollutants; insecticides and fertilizers; and toxic plants and flowers.

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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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816033164
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/01/1995
Pages:
372
Product dimensions:
5.96(w) x 8.95(h) x 1.02(d)

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