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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Dave Stone, PhD, MS (Oregon State University)
Description: This concise toxicology reference for clinical practitioners covers the recognition and management of poisonings for major chemical classes in a question and answer format.
Purpose: The purpose is to assist readers in finding the pertinent toxicities of various agents seen in clinical practice. This is a worthy objective, as physician education in toxicology must compete with a host of other disciplines.
Audience: Clinical practitioners are the intended audience. The authors, as well as the numerous contributors, are credible authorities in this area.
Features: With no introduction, the book jumps right into evaluation of potentially poisoned patients. This section covers clinical evaluation, testing for exposure, patient management, and a table that lists common antidotes. The remaining sections are organized into major chemical categories based on use or origin. The largest section is devoted to poisonings from medications, highlighting relatively common agents of concern in alphabetical order. Additional sections cover drugs of abuse, pesticides, natural toxins, metals, industrial chemicals, and chemical agents of terrorism. A lengthy section on therapies is near the end, followed by several photographs and illustrations depicting poisonings, medical imaging, and poisonous plants and animals. While these images are helpful, the images of poisonous plants and animals would be more effective in color.
Assessment: I enjoyed this book and the question-and-answer format. As a whole, this pocket-sized reference is a nice addition to the libraries of busy professionals in the field.