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Most physicians will see patients with poisoning. Their management is a common clinical problem, and appropriate assessment of potential severity, likely clinical features, and available treatments are key to optimal clinical care.

This book provides a source document for the theoretical and practical aspects of clinical toxicology and covers acute presentations to hospital following accidental or deliberate overdose; accidental exposure to natural toxins; effects of drugs of abuse; exposure to chemicals and radioactive substances particularly following workplace exposure or environmental release, including that by terrorists; and interpretation of the public health implications of poisoning, both incident management and epidemiology.

The book is designed to support the learning needs of doctors in training and will also provide an evidenced-based reference for those managing patients in clinical settings both in the UK and internationally. The authors have been chosen because of their expertise in the areas being addressed, which will ensure that the book is a valuable resource for all health professionals working with poisoned patients.

D Nicholas Bateman

Robert D Jefferson

Simon HL Thomas

John P Thompson

J Allister Vale

Spring 2014