Current information on the role of the laboratory in the assessment of patients with drug overdoses and possible poisoning.
It is a particularly appropriate time for a book on clinical toxicology. Over the past decade or less, major changes in treatment, often evidence based, have occurred. There has been a discernible shift in the poisons encountered in accident and emergency departments. These shifts are reflected in the type, frequency, and amount of clinical toxicology work demanded of the laboratory. This book describes the basic principles of clinical toxicology and the role of the laboratory in assessing the patient. Individual poisons are listed with details of clinical presentation, treatment, and the value of laboratory investigations.