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A Medical Toxicologist’s Approach to the Overdosed Patient

"As a medical toxicologist, I have a different take on the world of overdoses. Paracelsus has said 'All things are poisons, for there is nothing without poisonous qualities. It is only the dose which makes a thing poison.' Paracelsus’ adage is something that all medical toxicologists live by; however, we understand there is much more depth to the art of toxicology than the dose makes the poison."


TOXCards: General Principles of Toxicokinetics

In this first of five ToxCard posts on pharmacology, we review the basics of toxicokinetics. "All things are poison and nothing is without poison; only the dose makes a thing not a poison" - Paracelsus (Godfather of toxicology, 1493 – 1541). Stay tuned, the future posts will be on absorption, distribution, metabolism, and elimination.