endocrine and metabolic medical emergencies a clinicians guide

51l6+igtarlby msc (oxon), mb chb, face, facp, frcp dr. glenn matfin (editor)


this fascinating book, endocrine and metabolic medical emergencies, edited by dr. glenn matfin, msc (oxon), mb chb, face, facp, frcp, draws its subject matter from nearly 100 noted endocrinologists worldwide. the book advises clinicians and other health professionals on treating acute medical and critically ill patients who experience endocrine and metabolic emergencies, such as dangerously low blood sugar or excessive thyroid hormone levels. as hormone health conditions like diabetes, osteoporosis, and thyroid disorders become more commonplace, hospitals are seeing more patients who need emergency assessment and treatment for related complications. “a given patient entering the emergency room or icu may have a complex constellation of health problems, including endocrine conditions,” said matfin, a consultant physician in the united kingdom national health service (nhs). “clinicians need practical resources to ensure their patients receive the best possible care, and that is what this book delivers.” dr. matfin was previously medical director of the international diabetes center and clinical professor of medicine at the university of minnesota, in minneapolis. prior to this, he was a senior physician and director of the inpatient hyperglycemia program at the joslin diabetes center, harvard medical school, in boston. edited by an internationally recognized expert in the field, endocrine and metabolic medical emergencies is an invaluable text and reference packed with practical advice for clinicians, practitioners, students, and other health care professionals working with complex inpatients and endocrine abnormalities, and it features new insights on the diagnosis and treatment of acute endocrine emergencies.

acute medicine a practical guide to the management of medical emergencies

david c. sprigings


acute medicine offers an accessible and concise guide to the practical management of all acute medical problems likely to be encountered in the emergency department, ambulatory care centre, acute medical unit or on the wards. reflecting the maturation of acute medicine as a separate specialty, the book is divided into common presentations, specific problems and procedures. new to the fifth edition is a chapter on bed-side ultrasonography; throughout, emphasis is placed on patient safety, and the use of flow diagrams, tables and figures ensures that key information is quickly accessible. thoroughly revised by experts in the subject, and updated to reflect current approaches to diagnosis and management, acute medicine is an excellent companion for the trainee as well as an aide-memoire for the more experienced physician.show more

on call principles and protocols

shane a. marshall


ideal for any on-call professional, resident, or medical student, this best-selling reference covers the common problems you'll encounter while on call in the hospital. on call principles and protocols, 6th edition, by drs. shane a. marshall and john ruedy, fits perfectly in your pocket, ready to provide key information in time-sensitive, challenging situations. you'll gain speed, skill, and knowledge with every call – from diagnosing a difficult or life-threatening situation to prescribing the right medication.show more

2017 annual update in intensive care and emergency medicine 2017

j l vincent


the annual update compiles reviews of the most recent developments in experimental and clinical intensive care and emergency medicine research and practice in one comprehensive reference book. the chapters are written by well recognized experts in these fields. the book is addressed to everyone involved in internal medicine, anesthesia, surgery, pediatrics, intensive care and emergency medicine.show more

koenig and schultzs disaster medicine comprehensive principles and practice

kristi l. koenig


as societies become more complex and interconnected, the global risk for catastrophic disasters is increasing. demand for expertise to mitigate the human suffering and damage these events cause is also high. a new field of disaster medicine is emerging, offering innovative approaches to optimize disaster management. much of the information needed to create the foundation for this growing specialty is not objectively described or is scattered among multiple different sources. this definitive work brings together a coherent and comprehensive collection of scientific observations and evidence-based recommendations with expert contributors from around the globe. this book identifies essential subject matter, clarifies nomenclature, and outlines necessary areas of proficiency for healthcare professionals handling mass casualty crises. it also describes in-depth strategies for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of victims suffering from blast injuries or exposure to chemical, biological, and radiological agents.show more

critical care emergency medicine 2

david farcy


the groundbreaking text on critical care emergency medicine – updated with the latest evidence and recommendations critical care emergency medicine has become the standard reference for all clinicians who wish to understand the overlap between emergency medicine and critical care. much like the field of emergency medicine itself, this text is a collaborative effort involving emergency physicians as well as clinicians from trauma, critical care, infectious diseases, and pulmonary medicine. critical care emergency medicine teaches emergency physicians everything they must know and do to better care for critically ill patients in an emergency department or to provide care in an icu. enhanced by numerous algorithms that speed decision making and full-color illustrations demonstrating anatomy and technique, this book is an essential practice tool.
incorporating the wisdom of both academic and community emergency medicine experts, critical care emergency medicine, second edition delivers expert coverage of: airway and ventilatory support; pulmonary disorders; cardiovascular disorders; gastrointestinal and renal disorders; neurologic and neurosurgical disorders; hematologic and endocrine disorders; infectious disorders; toxicologic conditions; ultrasonography in critical care; special considerations (including nutritional support, end-of-life issues, fluid management, and more). if you are looking for an up-to-date, evidence-based text designed to take your critical care to the next level, your search ends here.show more

sports medicine for the emergency physician a practical handbook

anna l. waterbrook


written by sports-trained emergency physicians sports medicine for the emergency physician: a practical handbook is the only resource of its kind, created specifically for the emergency medicine provider. it is designed to be used as a reference tool, and includes high-yield physical exam skills and key management of sport injuries in the emergency department. each chapter is dedicated to a specific joint (or joints) and includes the basics of a high-yield physical examination including inspection, palpation, range of motion, special tests, as well as neurovascular and skin exams. corresponding figures of essential anatomy, pictures of physical exam maneuvers, and clinical correlations are also featured. emergent and common musculoskeletal conditions for each joint(s) are discussed, as well as the appropriate emergency department management for each condition. additional chapter topics include sports concussions, sports cardiology, heat illness, and common splints used in the emergency department.show more

abc of major trauma

david v. skinner


prehospital care is a growing area in medicine, and emergency treatments are becoming more sophisticated as the potential to save lives grow. the fourth edition of this abc has been thoroughly updated and includes new chapters on nuclear and biological emergencies. each chapter gives concise and clear guidance and is accompanied by excellent photographs and diagrams. edited and written by leading uk trauma authorities, this is a truly comprehensive and practical book for everyday use by emergency medicine staff, nurses, hospital doctors, paramedics, and ambulance services.show more

primary care for emergency physicians 2017

bobby k. desai


this book is written for physicians who work within an emergency department or urgent care setting to provide them with a treatment plan for those patients who are deemed not to have an emergency medical situation and can be safely treated as an outpatient. emergency physicians (eps) see a wide variety of patients and ostensibly for emergency reasons. however, many patients present to the emergency department for primary care-related reasons due to multiple factors or are diagnosed with potentially chronic problems that require a primary care intervention. examples include a new diagnosis of hypertension (without hypertensive emergency) or diabetes. thus, it is prudent for the ep to learn about basic primary care management of these conditions. unfortunately, the training of eps does not include these conditions, and they are left to guess appropriate treatment or to start a new medication that may not be appropriate. this book aims to fill this gap by educating the ep on basic primary care interventions for specific conditions.show more

auerbachs wilderness medicine

paul s. auerbach


now in its 7th edition, auerbach's wilderness medicine continues to help you quickly and decisively manage medical emergencies encountered in any wilderness or other austere setting! world-renowned authority dr. paul auerbach and 2 new associate editors have assembled a team of experts to offer proven, practical, visual guidance for effectively diagnosing and treating the full range of issues that can occur in situations where time and resources are scarce. now in an exciting 2-volume set that includes convenient online access, this indispensable resource equips physicians, nurses, advanced practice providers, first responders, and rescuers with the essential knowledge and skills to effectively address and prevent injuries and illnesses – no matter where they happen!show more

oncologic emergency medicine 2016 principles and practice

knox h. todd


this is the first comprehensive clinical reference on cancer emergencies. it is edited and written by world-renowned experts in emergency medicine and oncology and covers the diagnosis and management of the full range of emergencies caused directly by cancer or by its treatment. it shows how the entire spectrum of clinical medicine is brought to bear in the care of cancer patients in the unique setting of the emergency department (ed), from health promotion and prevention, to treatment and palliative care. recognizing the multiple, overlapping contexts in which emergency care of cancer patients occurs, the book addresses clinically crucial interdisciplinary topics such as the ethics of ed cancer care, the interface with palliative social work, substance abuse, and more. finally, perspective on care system and social forces that shape ed cancer care, such as cancer care disparities and care models, and on how ed cancer care is delivered outside of the united states, frame the book as a whole.
against the backdrop of rising numbers of cancer patients and survivors as the united states population ages and a forecast shortage of oncologists, this book is designed to serve as the authoritative, single-source clinical reference on cancer emergencies. the intended audience includes emergency physicians, oncologists, internists, family physicians, emergency nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, policy makers as well as pre- and postgraduate trainees.show more

nailing the written emergency medicine board examination

brandon r. allen


this book is a comprehensive and up-to-date study guide for those preparing to take the written emergency medicine board examination. it serves as a concise text of emergency medicine. it is distinguished by a problem-oriented approach and is presented in a visual and easily comprehensible format. the reader is walked through how to arrive at the diagnosis for each potential emergency situation, with each diagnosis or problem broken down into signs, symptoms, workup (labs and imaging), and disposition. this useful guide captures the latest developments in emergency medicine, including the newest technologies and methodologies, such as ultrasound, and simulation, which are becoming an increasingly important part of emergency medicine education and practice, as reflected in the board exam. this is an ideal tool for emergency medicine residents and faculty, critical care trainees, physician assistants and nurses working in emergency medicine, and medical students.show more

modeling the injury flow and treatment after major earthquakes 2016

lulu zhang


this book discuss a series of earthquake emergency medical rescue complex models, which can provide theoretical support for medical disaster rescue work in the future. this book consists of three parts. the first part is an introduction (chapter 1) which makes an overview of the purpose, meaning, methods and relative theory using in the research. the second part (chapter 2 to 8) includes "casualty flow" related factors such as the occurrences of earthquake casualty, the length of stay among the hospitalized patients, the medical evacuation in earthquake and rescue force related factors such as the medical rescue forces allocation in earthquake, the organization and command of earthquake rescue forces, location and distribution of medical rescue institutions and from peacetime to wartime in hospital. the third part (chapter 9) is a summary including conclusion and policy-making suggestion.show more

medical emergencies caused by aquatic animals 2017 a zoological and clinical guide

aquatic animals 2017 by vidal haddad


the present book is intended as a reference guide for emergency and ambulatory care medicine, providing essential information on the most important problems and incidents caused by venomous, poisoning and traumatic marine and freshwater animals. indeed, though emergencies caused by aquatic animals are becoming increasingly common, there are few reference books devoted to providing medical guidance on them. the book includes a wealth of original images of injuries caused by aquatic animals, while the text covers the current state knowledge on the subject, including the identification of the animals, the clinical aspects of the envenomation/poisonings/injuries, first aid and emergency care, main treatment alternatives and a typical case representing each group of animals. chapters are organized according to zoological groups: marine and freshwater invertebrates (porifera, cnidarians, annelida, mollusks, echinodermata) and marine and freshwater vertebrates (fish and reptiles).
medical emergencies caused by aquatic animals: a zoological and clinical guide is intended for students and professionals in medicine (dermatology, tropical medicine, infectious diseases and emergency medicine) and the biological sciences (zoology and ecology), as well as to practicing professionals working in coastal or freshwater areas.show more

clinical pathways in emergency medicine 2016 volume ii

suresh s. david


this book aims to provide condensed and crystallised knowledge, providing the rationale for investigations and interventions. emergency medicine is a specialty where time and knowledge are critical factors in deciding appropriate management which could otherwise result in loss of life or limb. the challenge often is to have lucid management plans, whilst standing at the bedside of the patient. in order to address this challenge, a manuscript is needed which aims to enhance the clinical skills of the emergency physician. the objective of this book is to compile a road map for practitioners of emergency medicine, which would guide them through algorithm-based pathways. this format is distinctive by nature for its concise presentation, which facilitates easy reading and early application. written by global experts, this book aims to be a truly international representation of emergency physicians who have come together to deliver contemporary concepts in emergency patient care.show more

clinical pathways in emergency medicine 2016 volume i

suresh s. david


this book aims to provide condensed and crystallised knowledge, providing the rationale for investigations and interventions. emergency medicine is a specialty where time and knowledge are critical factors in deciding appropriate management which could otherwise result in loss of life or limb. the challenge often is to have lucid management plans, whilst standing at the bedside of the patient. in order to address this challenge, a manuscript is needed which aims to enhance the clinical skills of the emergency physician. the objective of this book is to compile a road map for practitioners of emergency medicine, which would guide them through algorithm-based pathways. this format is distinctive by nature for its concise presentation, which facilitates easy reading and early application. written by global experts, this book aims to be a truly international representation of emergency physicians who have come together to deliver contemporary concepts in emergency patient care.show more

atlas of emergency medicine procedures 2016

latha ganti


this full-color atlas is a step-by-step, visual guide to the most common procedures in emergency medicine. procedures are described on a single page, or two-page spreads, so that the physician can quickly access and review the procedure at hand. the atlas contains more than 600 diagnostic algorithms, schematic diagrams and photographic illustrations to highlight the breadth and depth of emergency medicine. topics are logically arranged by anatomic location or by type of procedure and all procedures are based on the most current and evidence-based practices known.show more

emergency medicine diagnosis and management

anthony f. t. brown


emergency medicine: diagnosis and management incorporates the latest ideas and evidence base underpinning best practice emergency medicine care. this book covers a wide variety of emergencies, including general medical, critical care, infectious disease, foreign travel, acid-base and electrolytes to surgical, orthopaedic, paediatric, obstretrics and gynaecology, ophthalmic, ent and psychiatric, as well as toxicology, practical procedures and administrative and legal issues. presented in an easy-to-read format, the book includes succinct bullet point text, synoptic tables, charts and diagrams to find key information quickly, in a new edition aimed as much for use at the bedside as it is for studying. every emergency topic is approached in the same standardized format covering first the diagnosis and then management. diagnosis includes essential knowledge to elicit in the history including background and epidemiology, characteristic features on examination including vital signs and organ-specific findings, and investigations such as bedside testing, laboratory testing, and radiology.
management then covers general supportive measures, specific treatment, and the disposal decision including whether time-critical, to which specialty and conversely who may safely go home. the text is supported by a wealth of additional online material at www.lifeinthefastlane.com including high-resolution clinical images, videos, case-based questions, examination material and links to online references. this edition is completely revised and contains up-to-date evidence on every topic, including the latest 2015 cpr guidelines, sepsis guidelines, major trauma management, hiv care and many other newly released treatment protocols.show more

the practice of emergency and critical care neurology 2

eelco f. m. wijdicks


fully updated and revised, the second edition of the practice of emergency and critical care neurology puts a more modern approach on the practice of emergency neurological care. when most texts within the field focus on the theoretical aspects, this book concentrates on the management of neurologic conditions, recognition of deterioration of neurologic functions, neurosurgical procedures, and immediate interventions. this text also presents hard data to explain why we do what we do. dr. wijdicks condenses essential information into several sections comprising of the principles in recognizing critically ill neurologic patients in the emergency department, the evaluation of symptoms indicating critical emergency, general principles of managing critically ill patients, monitoring devices and diagnostic tests, complete management of specific disorders in the neurosciences intensive care unit, postoperative neurosurgical and neurointerventional complications, management of medical complications, and end of life care. key features of the new edition include 1.
additional chapters on critical consults in surgical and medical icus, critical care management, and comprehensive monitoring and biomarkers to reflect new research; 2. rich illustrations using color photos of patients and drawings of important basic concepts of mechanism of acute neurologic disease; 3. fully updated and comprehensive reference list; 4. a pocket book of selected tables and figures covering all essential points for quick reference and as a survival guide for house staff. this is the go-to guide for every physician, staff neurologist, neurointensivist, resident, and fellow in training with managing acutely ill neurologic patients.show more

atlas of clinical emergency medicine

scott c sherman

a physician's time is limited in the ed, and lengthy paragraphs that take several sentences to make a management recommendation are no longer useful to the emergency physician at the point of care. this customer-focused atlas allows emergency physician to quickly look up a diagnosis and make the appropriate management decisions in 3 minutes or less.
features: * visual presentation of the most common disorders that present in the emergency room* new editorial board, including young and up-and-coming emergency physicians* new table of contents focused on key disorders emergency medicine physicians see in practice* new chapter template emphasizes bulleted text organized by clinical presentation, diagnosis, and managementnow with the print edition, enjoy the bundled interactive ebook edition, which can be ed to your tablet and smartphone or accessed online and includes features like:* complete content with enhanced navigation* a powerful search tool that pulls results from content in the book, your notes, and even the web* cross-linked pages, references, and more for easy navigation* a highlighting tool for easier reference of key content throughout the text* ability to take and share notes with friends and colleagues* quick-reference tabbing to save your favorite content for future use

disaster preparedness for health care facilities 2

daniel kollek

the text is geared towards health care workers such as adult and paediatric physicians and nurses, paramedics and health care facility administrators and will cover disaster preparedness for health care facilities such as hospitals and long-term care homes.

the content of the book addresses preparedness for disasters, both natural and man-made, from the standpoint of health care facility pre-planning preparedness to managing and overcoming disasters when they occur. beginning with how to assess the risk to and readiness of your health care facility for potential disasters, the book progresses to how to deal with any readiness deficiencies found. each chapter can be a standalone document addressing an individual aspect of disaster preparedness but when all chapters are combined, it creates a complete and authoritative guide on all aspects of disaster preparedness.

this book is the only product of its kind that centralizes all of the content required for a health care facility to plan, prepare and manage disaster related events.

annual update in intensive care and emergency medicine 2016

prof. jean-louis vincent

the annual update compiles the most recent developments in experimental and clinical research and practice in one comprehensive reference book. the chapters are written by well recognized experts in the field of intensive care and emergency medicine. it is addressed to everyone involved in internal medicine, anesthesia, surgery, pediatrics, intensive care and emergency medicine.

encyclopedia of toxicology

philip wexler

the third edition of the encyclopedia of toxicology presents entries devoted to key concepts and specific chemicals, and is updated to reflect current advances in the field. it contains new information on nanotoxicology, epigenetics, persistent organic pollutants, computational toxicology and bioinformatics, controversial chemicals, and much more. along with the traditional scientific entries, new articles focus on worldwide initiatives, the potential health and environmental effects of new technologies, and the societal implications of global legal and regulatory issues. with thoroughly updated articles, references, and resources for recommended reading, the third edition has been expanded in length, breadth, and depth, and continues to provide an extensive overview of the many facets of toxicology. it provides easy access to content on chemicals and all core areas of toxicology. it thoroughly updated with the latest advances in toxicology, including epigenetics, nanotoxicology, computational toxicology, and translational toxicology. new topics include implications of global legal and regulatory issues, persistent organic pollutants, reach, saicm, e-waste, and many more.

atlas of emergency medicine 4th edition

r. jason thurman

the most complete and trusted visual compendium of emergency medicine – extensively updated with more than 1500 full-color illustrations. now in its fourth edition, the atlas of emergency medicine remains the best guide to visual diagnosis of acute medical problems encountered in emergency practice. packed with more than 1500 images, 500 new to this edition, it is the most comprehensive source of high quality emergency medicine images available, and enhanced with clear clinical information on medical emergencies. organized by organ-system/special populations/general issues and then by problem, the atlas of emergency medicine is your "look quick, act fast" reference designed to help assess, diagnose, and treat patients efficiently. it covers basic and subtle diagnosis of a broad spectrum of typical and atypical conditions. the book's format is ideally suited to visual learning. one to four images per topic show you exactly what to look for. accompanying the images is succinct "need-to-know" information for each clinical problem, including management options and clinical pearls. all treatment and diagnostic testing information and guidelines are fully updated.
new to this edition is the inclusion of more than 50 video clips that highlight key visual topics in emergency medicine.

poisoning and drug overdose

kent r. olson

"poisoning & drug overdose belongs in every emergency physician's workroom." –academic emergency medicine reviewing earlier edition "!a great addition to any emergency department library when rapid reference is needed to treat and diagnose the poisoned patient." — annals of emergency medicine reviewing earlier edition an instant-answer guide you can turn to for on-the-spot treatment of poisoning and drug overdose poisoning & drug overdose, sixth edition delivers critical information on effective diagnosis and treatment of drug-related emergencies and chemical exposures.
divided into four sections, easily identified by dictionary-style tabs: section i covers initial emergency management, including treatment of complications; physical and laboratory diagnosis; and decontamination and enhanced elimination procedures section ii provides detailed information on 150 common drugs and poisons section iii describes the use of antidotes and therapeutic drugs to treat poisoning section iv describes the medical management of chemical and occupational exposures, with a table of more than 500 industrial chemicals poisoning & drug overdose, sixth edition is enhanced by numerous tables, charts, and a comprehensive index featuring generic, chemical, and brand names, making it an essential resource for anyone responding to drug-related emergencies and chemical exposures.

wound management in urgent care 2016

brittany busse

this text outlines, from a surgeon's standpoint, how wounds can be expeditiously and effectively managed in the urgent care setting by physicians and mid-level providers with primary care training. the main topics addressed include the principles of wound healing, wound types, types of primary repair, healing by secondary intention, wound complications, and special circumstances. under each of these subheadings, proper evaluation of the wound, techniques to facilitate healing, specific patient home care (aftercare) instructions, and pitfalls to be avoided are addressed. in addition, a brief list of specific do's and don'ts for each type of wound and tips for effective transfer of care when necessary is included. this text provides a concise reference manual that can be used to provide quick yet structured information to improve patient outcomes. as urgent care is a clinical setting that is growing in popularity across the united states, wound management in urgent care will provide a useful resource for providers in the urgent care setting.

mass casualty incidents 2016 the nuts and bolts of preparedness and response for acute disasters

mauricio lynn

this manual is aimed to provide health care professionals, at the scene and at hospitals, as well as allied organizations, a practical and operational approach for planning the response to mass casualty incidents (mci's), with emphasis to the types of events that are sudden in nature, resulting in a number of injured or contaminated patients that overwhelm the local health care system. from activation of the mci plan to the specific medical care of multiple simultaneous patients, the manual offers checklists and algorithms of "what to do" during the first minutes after a mci occurred. the manual is designed to be adapted and modified for specific institutions according to their size and capabilities. written by a world expert in the field of mci management, mass casualty incidents: the nuts and bolts of preparedness and response for acute disasters is a valuable resource for all health care professionals and institutions that deal with mass casualty incidents.

first aid for the emergency medicine boards 3rd edition

timothy fortescue platts-mills

the insider's guide to acing the emergency medicine boards – now with full color photos! features: a thorough and user-friendly review of the most frequently test topics; new! review questions at the end of each chapter to test your knowledge; new! vibrant full-color photographs; insider tips and study strategies to maximize your study time and improve your performance; integrated vignette q&as prepare you for what you will see on exam day; hundreds of high-yield tables, diagrams, and illustrations; key facts in the margins reinforce must-know information; mnemonics make learning and memorization fast, fun, and easy; great for in-training examination preparation, certification, and as a refresher for certification. a complete resource for emergency medicine diagnosis, treatment, and education – all in one place.

geriatric emergencies a discussion based review

peter rosen

the elderly represent the fastest growing segment of the population in developed countries, reflected in the patient population presenting to eds and hospitals. these patients more often than not have greater co-morbidities, more complicated workups and utilize more laboratory and radiologic services. this text is designed to teach emergency physicians how best to care for this specific demographic of patients. it addresses physiologic changes, high-risk conditions, and atypical presentations associated with elderly patients in the ed that result in frequent misdiagnosis or delays in diagnosis. it instructs the readers how best to care for elderly patients in order to minimize morbidity and mortality, addressing some of the difficult psychosocial issues that confront health care providers that care for elderly patients, such as psychiatric disease and end-of-life care. the utility of this text is not limited to emergency physicians, but it should be useful to all health care providers involved in the treatment of elderly patients with acute medical or surgical conditions.

chelation therapy in the treatment of metal intoxication

ole anderson

chelation therapy in the treatment of metal intoxication presents a practical guide to the use of chelation therapy, from its basic chemistry, to available chelating antidotes, and the application of chelating agents. several metals have long been known to be toxic to humans, and continue to pose great difficulty to treat. these challenges pose particular problems in industrial settings, with lead smelting known to be associated with hemopoietic alterations and paralyses, and the inhalation of mercury vapor in mercury mining being extremely detrimental to the central nervous system. clinical experience has demonstrated that acute and chronic human intoxications with a range of metals can be treated efficiently by administration of chelating agents. chelation therapy in the treatment of metal intoxication describes the chemical and biological principles of chelation in the treatment of these toxic metal compounds, including new chelators such as meso-2,3-dimercaptosuccinic acid (dmsa) and d,l-2,3-dimercapto-1-propanesulfonic acid (dmps).
* presents all the current findings on the potential for chelation as a therapy for metal intoxication* presents practical guidelines for selecting the most appropriate chelating agent* includes coverage on radionuclide exposure and metal storage diseases* describes the chemical and biological principles of chelation in the treatment of toxic metal compounds