Finally! The “New England Journal of Medicine” discovers medical toxicology

May 22, 2018, 6:00 pm


Case 12-2018: A 30-Year-Old Woman with Cardiac Arrest. Goldstein JN, Dudzinski DM, Erickson TB et al. N Engl J Med 2018 Apr 19;378:1538-1549.


In the past, we’ve complained that the New England Journal of Medicine never seemed to include a toxicologist or emergency physician as a discussant in relevant cases in their series “Case Records of the Massachusetts General Hospital.” This resulted in some embarrassingly lame reviews, especially for a journal of such prestige.

Well, it looks like the editors may finally have seen the light. In a recent issue, our friend Dr. Tim Erickson — formerly with the University of Illinois and the Toxikon Consortium in Chicago, now at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston — reviews the management of tricyclic antidepressant overdose. The entire case presentation, along with the pathological discussion and Dr Erickson’s analysis of management options, is superb. Highly recommended.


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