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Chances are you, or others in your home, use a poisonous substance to wash dishes, do laundry, or clean the toilet, oven or sink. This book takes you on a fascinating tour of the toxic substances found in your home and enlightens you about some that are supposed to be but really aren't. Filled with historical trivia and interesting nuggets, it's the kind of home poisoning book you'll pick up not just in a panic, but to read for pleasure. So, please, read it before you need it.
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The best safeguard against accidental poisoning in the home is ... information. Jim Morrelli debunks a lot of basic myths and offers many surprising revelations about what is and what isn't poisonous around the home. He covers not just the kitchen, workshop, and yard, but also the great outdoors, with detailed information about poisonous plants and animals, how to identify them, and how to treat poisonings of one kind or another. He points out that the most truly dangerous aspect of any kind of poisoning is panic. With this book as a guide, you can avoid panic and proceed with a clear head to reverse the effects of nearly all kinds of poisoning. It ought to be in everyone's home library.From Booklist:
Like electioneering and public broadcasting fundraisers, hazardous household chemicals lurk constantly, threatening periodically to poison contemporary existence. Sources of information about them usually possess the literary flair of software manuals and tax instructions, exacerbating an already dangerous situation by so boring readers that they keel over into pools of the very toxic wastes about which they are seeking information. Not Morelli's book. In part 1, Morelli conducts a comprehensive household tour, covering animal-borne hazards, yard-based dangers, and potential problems inside, room by room; his treatment of poisonous toads ("Needless to say, humans shouldn't eat toads") is nearly as memorable as the preceding advice on treating gila monster bites, nor are the more mundane nippings of rabid critters neglected. Part 2 turns to the medicine chest and the potentially dangerous substances commonly within it--analgesics, antiseptics, prescription drugs, etc. Throughout, Morelli's conversational tone imparts information while avoiding boredom. Well-written and informative are rarely paired in household safety books. Go for it. Mike Tribby
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Book Description Andrews McMeel Pub, 1997. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0836227212
Book Description Andrews Mcmeel Pub, 1997. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0836227212