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2nd Edition

Atlas of Human Poisoning and Envenoming

ISBN 9780429098338
Published November 7, 2014 by CRC Press
904 Pages

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Book Description

Clinicians undergoing competency testing, certification, and periodic recertification are frequently faced with computer-based exams designed to evaluate clinical acumen and judgment. Test questions often include an image or radiograph followed by a vignette of the clinical encounter and a series of questions. Designed to better prepare practitioners for image-intense, computer-based examinations in their respective fields, Atlas of Human Poisoning and Envenoming is a visual and written reminder of the ubiquitous sources of toxins and toxoids in the environment and the outcomes of accidental or intentional toxic exposures in humans.

The Second Edition has been restructured with bulleted text, tables, and figures resembling the vignettes that accompany national examinations. Combining the four specialties of toxicology—analytical, medical, environmental, and industrial—into one comprehensive atlas, the book presents photographs and diagrams of toxic plants and animals, their mechanisms of poisoning or envenoming, and the human responses caused by toxic exposure. Highlights of the new edition include:

  • Prescription and illicit drug abuse epidemics
  • Environmental and occupational nephrotoxicology and neurotoxicology
  • Tick paralysis
  • Petrochemical toxicants
  • Biological, chemical, and radiological warfare agents
  • Workplace substance abuse screening and monitoring
  • Epidemiological design and statistical analysis of toxicological investigations

The book is conveniently divided into four sections covering general medical toxicology, environmental toxicology, industrial and occupational toxicology, and epidemiology and statistics for toxicology. Supplemented with a 16-page color insert, the second edition includes new images and tables. The atlas will be a useful study guide for a range of practitioners preparing for a lifetime of image-intense national examinations.

Table of Contents

General Medical Toxicology
The Pharmacology of Human Poisoning and Envenoming
General Poisoning Management
Diagnostic Work-Up of the Poisoned Patient
Poison Antidotes
Toxicity of Antiseptics and Drug Additives
Poisonings with Over-the-Counter and Opioid Analgesics
Household Product Poisonings
Drug and Illicit Substance Abuse
Anticonvulsants and Sedative-Hypnotics
Reproductive and Perinatal Toxicology and Teratogenesis
Hypoglycemic and Other Endocrine Agent Toxicity
Cardiovascular Drug Toxicity
Antibiotic Toxicity
Anticancer Drug Toxicity
Environmental and Occupational Nephrotoxicology

Environmental Toxicology
Food Poisoning
Seafood Poisoning
Mushroom Poisonings
Herbal Poisonings
Common Poisonous Household and Garden Plants
Bites and Stings: Terrestrial Envenomings
Common Arthropod Vectors of Infectious Diseases
Tick Paralysis
Bites and Stings: Marine Envenomings
Voodoo, Hoodoo, and Cajun Traditions and Poisonings

Industrial and Occupational Toxicology
Volatile Organic Chemicals
Petrochemical Toxicity
Industrial Gas Exposures and Occupational Lung Diseases
Metal and Metalloid Poisonings
Pesticide Poisonings: Insecticides, Rodenticides, and Herbicides
Radiation Toxicology
Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Weapons and Warfare
Workplace Substance Abuse Monitoring
Miscellaneous Toxicants

Epidemiology and Statistics for Toxicology
Epidemiology and Statistics for Toxicology


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Dr. James H. Diaz is board certified in anesthesiology, critical care medicine, pain management, general preventive medicine and public health, occupational/environmental medicine, and medical toxicology. Dr. Diaz served as a written and oral board examiner for the American Board of Anesthesiology from 1986 to 1996 and currently serves on the core examination committee of the American Board of Preventive Medicine. His current academic and clinical research interests include occupational and environmental toxicology, environmental and tropical infectious diseases and injuries in international travelers, emerging environmentally associated diseases and poisonings, and the impact of climate change on natural disasters, along with their public health outcomes.


"Compared to other narrative-based references in this exceptionally complicated and detail-driven field, this atlas presents small bites of easily digestible information."
—Sean P. Boley, MD, Regions Hospital and Level 1 Trauma Center for Doody's Review Service