As stated in the authors' preface, "This book is written as a classroom text and as a guide for the general practitioner." As such it is not an advanced treatise on toxicology, but rather an easily readable book from which anyone with a basic medical education can rapidly assimilate fundamental data on the drugs causing a similar symptom-complex.
Because of the brevity of the book and its organization into sections, each dealing with a symptom-complex, it serves as a rapid means of differential diagnosis. It should be of distinct help to any practitioner under the pressure of an emergency. In fact, I would heartily recommend its presence in every emergency room for ready reference.
The authors have drawn information from many medical disciplines. With slight variation each drug is discussed under the following topics: toxic dose; source and chemistry; etiology of poisoning; symptoms and actions; duration of poisoning; fate and