This substantial book is subtitled Acute Poisoning—Home and Farm. This is an understatement for two reasons: (1) the data here may be also applicable to chronic poisoning, and (2) the book will also be useful in patients with industrial or occupational poisoning.
We often buy a book partly with the intention of reading it but especially to have it on hand when a specific situation sends us to refer to the literature. An example mav be a dermatology text bought by the internist. But a vast difference applies to a book on toxicology, for it is too late to refer to it when the need arises. Countermeasures must be taken at once. For that reason the reader should assess the toxicology text at leisure and become so familiar with the book that one will be able to find a reference when one is confronted with a dangerously sick patient. And