Australian Animal Toxins

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This second edition provides a comprehensive and up-to-date review of every venomous and poisonous creature in Australia that poses a threat to man or beast. Both terrestrial and marine creatures are discussed. The distribution and habits of many of the creature are described in detail, as are the potency, constituents, and mode of action of their venoms. It also provides updated information on the emergency treatment of bites and stings, such as specific first-aid measures and selection of antivenoms. Hospital management, including appropriate laboratory investigations and supportive care, is extensively described, and a large number of human and veterinary case histories are included. Controversial issues, such as the use of calcium channel blockers for Box jellyfish envenomation, are also addressed. Along with this extremely important clinical information are included photographs to help identify creatures and illustrate injuries related to the case histories. This clear, comprehensive and authoritative medical textbook is a must for clinicians and researchers and should be in any library, emergency department, intensive care unit, laboratory or general practitioner's office.

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Struan K. Sutherland is at University of Melbourne. James Tibballs is at Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne.

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"In this complete revision of the first edition, which was published in 1982, Struan--a pioneer and major contributor in the field--and Tibbals ... retain the goal of presenting comprehensive coverage of habitat, toxicity, diagnosis, treatment, case reports, and prevention of envenomation--with regard to a diverse range of animals. We're not just talking snakes here ... Also treated are spiders and other arthropods, and octopuses, jellyfish, and other sea creatures, including marine animals that are poisonous to eat. Each is thoroughly reviewed, with information about biology, identification, economic importance, geographic range, and common fallacies, as well as prevention and treatment of envenomation. Several introductory chapters discuss historical background, give an overview of the potency and action of Australian venoms and toxins, and cover first aid for bites and stings, including coverage of out- of-date and bad first aid. Numerous color photos enhance the text."--SciTech Book News "In this complete revision of the first edition, which was published in 1982, Struan--a pioneer and major contributor in the field--and Tibbals ... retain the goal of presenting comprehensive coverage of habitat, toxicity, diagnosis, treatment, case reports, and prevention of envenomation--withregard to a diverse range of animals. We're not just talking snakes here ... Also treated are spiders and other arthropods, and octopuses, jellyfish, and other sea creatures, including marine animals that are poisonous to eat. Each is thoroughly reviewed, with information about biology, identification, economic importance, geographic range, and common fallacies, as well as prevention and treatment of envenomation. Several introductory chapters discuss historical background, give an overview of the potency and action of Australian venoms and toxins, and cover first aid for bites andstings, including coverage of out- of-date and bad first aid. Numerous color photos enhance the text."--SciTech Book News "In this complete revision of the first edition, which was published in 1982, Struan--a pioneer and major contributor in the field--and Tibbals ... retain the goal of presenting comprehensive coverage of habitat, toxicity, diagnosis, treatment, case reports, and prevention of envenomation--with regard to a diverse range of animals. We're not just talking snakes here ... Also treated are spiders and other arthropods, and octopuses, jellyfish, and other sea creatures, including marine animals that are poisonous to eat. Each is thoroughly reviewed, with information about biology, identification, economic importance, geographic range, and common fallacies, as well as prevention and treatment of envenomation. Several introductory chapters discuss historical background, give an overview of the potency and action of Australian venoms and toxins, and cover first aid for bites and stings, including coverage of out- of-date and bad first aid. Numerous color photos enhance the text."--SciTech Book News "In this complete revision of the first edition, which was published in 1982, Struan--a pioneer and major contributor in the field--and Tibbals ... retain the goal of presenting comprehensive coverage of habitat, toxicity, diagnosis, treatment, case reports, and prevention of envenomation--withregard to a diverse range of animals. We're not just talking snakes here ... Also treated are spiders and other arthropods, and octopuses, jellyfish, and other sea creatures, including marine animals that are poisonous to eat. Each is thoroughly reviewed, with information about biology, identification, economic importance, geographic range, and common fallacies, as well as prevention and treatment of envenomation. Several introductory chapters discuss historical background, give an overview of the potency and action of Australian venoms and toxins, and cover first aid for bites andstings, including coverage of out- of-date and bad first aid. Numerous color photos enhance the text."--SciTech Book News

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