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Animais peonhentos no Brasil: Biologia,


clnica e teraputica dos acidentes

Article in Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de So Paulo December 2003


DOI: 10.1590/S0036-46652003000600009

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Rev. Inst. Med. trop. S. Paulo
45(6):338, November-December, 2003

BOOK REVIEW*

CARDOSO, J.L.C.; FRANA, F.O.S.; WEN, F.H.; MLAQUE, C.M.S. & HADDAD Jr., V. - Animais peonhentos no Brasil: biologia, clnica e
teraputica dos acidentes. So Paulo, Sarvier; FAPESP, 2003. 468 p. ilus. ISBN 85-7378-133-5.

VENOMOUS ANIMALS IN BRAZIL: BIOLOGY, CLINIC AND THERAPEUTICS OF ENVENOMATIONS

In spite of the high morbidity resulting from venomous snake or clinicians working in Brazilian regions where snakebite or accidents
other poisonous animal bites in our Country, this topic do not receive so with other poisonous animals should be frequent.
much attention in the curricula of medical, paramedical and biological
courses in Brazil. Besides an interesting preface signed by Oswaldo Vital Brazil, an
Emeritus Professor of UNICAMP and son of the famous researcher who
There is no logical justification for this attitude, principally if we was the founder of the Butantan Institute in 1901, the book is divided in
consider the historical participation of Brazilian scientists in the research seven parts, each one with several chapters, approaching the systematic,
and production of anti-venomous sera in a not so distant past and, on the biological, epidemiological, clinical and therapeutic aspects of the several
other hand, the huge biodiversity present in this Country, specially related groups of poisinous animals occurring in Brazil.
to snakes and other kind of poisonous animals.
Because of its comprehensiveness, deep literature review, scientific
This book published by five experts of the Butantan Institute, with rigor and rich photographic documentation this book should have a
the collaboration of 41 researchers of that and other Brazilian institutions decisive role in the information and formation of new researchers,
and three foreigner experts, certainly will decrease the scarceness of recruited among young medical and biological professionals that could
specialized literature in Portuguese language. And, probably, it will be attracted by this interesting area of knowledge.
stimulate medical and paramedical students to learn about the biological,
epidemiological, clinical and therapeutic aspects of diseases caused by
animal venoms; moreover, it will constitute a very useful handbook for Pedro Paulo Chieffi

*This book is available at the Library of the Instituto de Medicina Tropical de So Paulo

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