The Poison Review Podcast

January 18, 2014, 3:02 pm

Microphone-iconThe Poison Review is pleased to announce that the long-planned TPR podcast has finally arrived.  Actually, this is a resurrection of a project that began back in 1992, when TPR was a hard-copy newsletter with an accompanying audio program that was sent out on cassette tape. We were, of course, inspired by the masters of innovative medical education — Drs. Rick Bukata and Jerry Hoffman — whose Emergency Medical Abstracts project had started in the mid-1970s, and demonstrated to all that continuing medical education need be neither boring nor gullible.

For a (very) fanciful history of the old TPRsee this post from Chris Nickson on Life in the Fast Lane.

In the newsletter and on the tapes, we reviewed 20 medical toxicology articles every other month. Tox literature being what it is, many of those papers have undoubtedly already been forgotten. I still, however, have fond memories of discussion Greaves et al, “An Air Stewardess with Puzzling Diarrhea” (Lancet 1996;348:1488), and debating the value of a stool osmolal gap. I think we were the first medical audiotape to include music, which led some to believe we just weren’t serious.

In any case, we are resurrecting the discussions in the form of a podcast, as a joint project involving TPR, the Division of Medical Toxicology and the Department of Emergency Medicine at Stroger Hospital in Chicago. The producer is Dr. Theresa Kim, an emergency medicine resident at Stroger.

The first episode has been posted, and can be accessed by clicking here. The podcast has been submitted to iTunes, and should be available as single episodes and a subscription shortly. We welcome comments, criticisms, and suggestions, that can be submitted through the “Comment” section on the episode page, or by e-mailing:

We look forward to hearing from you.


  1. MED Says:

    I just subscribed and downloaded the new podcast. I cannot wait to listen to it. Thanks for all the work you do.

  2. Leon Says:


    Thank you for the kind words!