Introduction All substances are poisons;
There is none which is not a poison.
The right dose differentiates a poison from a remedy.
Background It is not possible to identify all toxic substances in a single
journal article. However, there are some exposures that in
small doses are potentially fatal. Many of these exposures
are particularly toxic to children. Using data from poison
control centres, it is possible to recognise this group of
Objective This article provides information to assist the general
practitioner to identify potential toxic substance exposures
Discussion In this article the authors report the signs and symptoms
of toxic exposures and identify the time of onset. Where
clear recommendations on the period of observation and
known fatal dose are available, these are provided. We do
not discuss management or disposition, and advise readers
to contact the Poison Information Service or a toxicologist
for this advice.
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