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The poisons and antidotes sourcebook
Turkington, Carol.
Personal Author:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Checkmark Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
viii, 408 pages ; 24 cm.

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Hundreds of poisons surround us in our daily lives

Author Notes

Carol Turkington is a medical writer whose previous books include The Poisons and Antidotes Sourcebook, Skin Deep, and The Brain Encyclopedia. She lives in Morgantown, PA.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

New edition of Poisons and Antidotes, published in 1993 [RBB F 1 94]. Arrangement is alphabetical, with new sections on what to do in a poisoning emergency and poison-proofing the home.

Choice Review

Medical writer Turkington's interesting and enjoyable book has many entries and good descriptions of toxic substances that one might encounter, and antidotes to diminish morbidity and prevent death. It is intended for general readers and is written at an appropriate level with an engaging style, difficult to maintain for what amounts to a toxic dictionary. Introductory chapters explain what to do in a poisoning emergency and how to make a home safe, particularly for children. The bulk of the book is an alphabetical listing of poisons. This reviewer was disappointed not to find an entry for a favorite--jequirity beans--bright red ornamental fruits of a common tropical plant. On the other hand, it was rewarding to see how much information was crammed into the relatively short section on mushroom poisoning. Entry decisions are not always obvious. Moreover, it would be easier if species names were capitalized, so that one could tell whether a word is merely an adjective (like the "blue" in Blue Krait) or an integral part of the name. Some entries beg for more details. Under manganese, e.g., there is no mention of concerns regarding chronic exposure when manganese organics became common gasoline additives. Overall, a sound book for the general public and undergraduates. M. Gochfeld; Robert Wood Johnson Medical School



Hundreds of poisons surround us in our daily lives, from poisonous plants to medications and environmental toxins. How can one identify these harmful substances? What treatments are most effective? Which poisons can prove fatal if not promptly treated? The Poisons and Antidotes Sourcebook is a comprehensive resource that describes more than 600 toxins and their sources, including: common household poisons, insecticides and fertilizers, poisonous spiders, snakes, and other venomous creatures, addictive drugs, such as nicotine and cocaine, poison ivy, sumac, and other toxic shrubs. This edition features new and expanded coverage of:The most common household causes of poisoningChecklists of what to do and what not to do in poisoning emergencies Poison-proofing your home, safeguarding your family, and protecting petsThe world's most deadly toxinsAntidotes and treatments.Extensive and newly updated appendixes include:Regional poison control centersPoison hotlinesResources, organizations, and publications, including their web sites. Excerpted from The Poisons and Antidotes Sourcebook by Carol Turkington All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. iv
Acknowledgmentsp. v
Introductionp. vii
Part 1 Poisons and Antidotesp. 1
Chapter 1 What to Do in a Poisoning Emergencyp. 3
Chapter 2 Home Safe Home: How to Prevent Poisoning in Your Homep. 8
Chapter 3 Food Poisoningp. 20
Chapter 4 Poisons by Symptomp. 28
Part 2 Entries A to Zp. 39
Part 3 Appendixesp. 363
Appendix A Home Testing Kits for Toxic Substancesp. 364
Appendix B Hot Linesp. 366
Appendix C Newslettersp. 367
Appendix D Organizationsp. 368
Appendix E Poison Education and Information Materialsp. 372
Appendix F Regional Poison Control Centersp. 376
Appendix G Websitesp. 383
Glossaryp. 385
Referencesp. 387
Indexp. 396