This book was prepared as a guide to treatment of acute poisoning for physicians without special experience in toxicology and as a basis for instruction of students in the health professions and in first aid courses. It is divided into two sections, the first of which is devoted to basic principles, a general plan for treating acute poisoning, and discussions of individual methods of treatment. The second section describes common types of acute poisoning, with instructions for managing the patient before and after arrival of the physician. Brief notes on collection and preservation of samples for chemical analysis, a list of items for an emergency poison kit, and a brief list of recommended books on toxicology are presented in the appendix.
The authors state that, since the book is intended primarily as a guide to treatment of the acute poisoning emergency, certain aspects such as medicolegal problems, chronic intoxications, and