This book is way more than a field guide: it’s an engaging read. Opening with instructions “In Case of Poisoning” and “How to Prevent Poisoning”, the guide is also a resource for emergency response. As the book explains, children under the age of 5 are the most vulnerable to accidental poisoning, and for this reason, every household with young children should have this book on hand. Add to that recommendation anyone who regularly comes into contact with plants and well, anyone who eats! The appendices of poisonous food plants, wild and domesticated, are an eye opener. Each plant entry includes one or more color photographs, common name, Latin name and sections on Quick check (for fast ID); Description (more thorough); Occurrence; Toxicity (types of chemical compounds, their potency, and in what plant parts they appear); and Notes. The notes add the intrigue with fascinating, historically notable cases of human and animal poisonings as well as how indigenous peoples used the plant. The information is delivered without excessive medical and botanical terminology, making it accessible for everyone but this book is not dumbed down and will inform readers advanced in these fields.
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