Toxicology Recall PDF

Toxicology Recall PDF



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Preface

Throughout the world each year, millions of people are evaluated by health care professionals following a poisoning. There are innumerable potential toxins that can inflict harm to humans, including pharmaceuticals, herbals, household products, environmental agents, occupational chemicals, drugs of abuse, and chemical terrorism threats. The Centers for Disease Control reported that poisoning (both intentional and unintentional) was one of the top ten causes of injury-related death in the United States in all adult age groups. From the beginnings of written history, poisons and their effects have been well-described. Paracelsus (1493–1541) correctly noted that “All substances are poisons; there is none which is not a poison. The right dose differentiates a poison . . . .” As life in the modern era has become more complex, so has the study of toxicology.
This book is intended to assist the reader in learning the pertinent toxicities of various agents seen in clinical practice. It has become increasingly difficult for healthcare providers to learn these facts with the emergence of numerous and vastly different pharmaceuticals, abused drugs, chemicals within the work place, and agents of terrorism. As the editors, we considered numerous topics for inclusion in this book. It is our hope that this book will provide both a rapid insight into specific toxins for medical personnel caring for potentially poisoned patients and a valuable resource for students pursuing their education.


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