Findlay E. Russel, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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Injuries inflicted by venous animals are medical emergencies requiring immediate attention and considerable clinical judgment. Approximately 2,200 persons a year in the United States are bitten by venomous reptiles. Venomous fishes, coelenterates, and certain other marine forms are responsible for about 1,800 injuries annually. The number of envenomations by venomous arthropods is not known, but it must exceed 500,000 each year. Fortunately, deaths from these various poisonings are relatively uncommon in this country: less than 50 fatalities are reported each year.
The toxins of the venomous animals vary considerably in their composition and modes of action. The arbitrary division of
Russel FE. Injuries by Venomous Animals.. Ann Intern Med. 1964;61:803. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-61-4-803_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1964;61(4):803.
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