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Toxicity of Mercury and Its Compounds

I. Sunshine, PhD
JAMA. 1964;189(1):68. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070010074031.
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Vanadium: Toxicology and Biological Significance.  By T. G. Faulkner Hudson. Elsevier Monographs on Toxic Agents. 140 pp, 11 illus. $6.50. American Elsevier Publishing Co., New York 17, 1964Dr. Bidstrup's brief, expensive monograph reviews the known pharmacology and toxicology of inorganic and organic mercurials used therapeutically or in industrial practices. The former are treated perfunctorily and are dismissed with minimal biochemical discussion. Acute mercurialism also suffers from a brief and rather inadequate presentation.The occupational use of inorganic and organic mercurials is briefly discussed, as are the signs and symptoms of overexposure. The hygiene problems in many industries are itemized adequately and the recommended procedure is given for the prevention of industrial poisonings. As indicators of exposure, the analyses of biological and air specimens are suggested to be adequate methods of control, preferable to detailed clinical examinations of persons exposed to mercurials. Much of the material presented is as current


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