About the book
Medical toxicology is a field of medicine associated with toxicology. It focuses on the diagnosis, management, and prevention of acute and chronic poisonings; short and long term adverse effects of medications, adverse drug reactions, drug overdoses, toxicity of occupational, environmental and industrial toxic chemicals, substance abuse, venoms and biological agents. In the field of medical toxicology, practitioners are physicians. Their primary specialization is generally in emergency medicine, occupational medicine, or pediatrics. Medical toxicologists can provide direct treatment and bedside consultation of acutely poisoned patients, including children. Moreover, in emergency departments, intensive care units, and other inpatient and outpatient units/clinics, medical toxicologists can evaluate the toxicity arising from acute and chronic exposure to occupational, industrial and environmental chemicals and biological agents. Medical toxicologists can also provide advice in poison control centers, can contribute to pharmaceutical research and drug safety and deal with health policy issues. Therefore, medical toxicology has a wide variety of working fields.
The book Medical Toxicology will mainly focus on prevention and treatment of poisonings, adverse effects of medications, drug overdose, substance abuse, toxic occupational, industrial and environmental chemicals and treatment of envenomation. Both toxicologists in the medical field and physicians can contribute to the book by sharing their chapters on these topics. Our aim is to provide a general overview for the treatment of acute/chronic poisonings including poisonings with drugs, biological agents, chemicals and venoms and how to diagnose, manage and prevent these situations.