We are grateful to Joan Demas, who worked extensively with the local, national, and international authors to ensure that their ideas were effectively expressed. She has assisted all of us in checking the facts, finding essential references, and improving the structure and function of our text, while dedicating her efforts to ensuring the precision and rigor of the text for her fifth consecutive edition. She has helped authors new and old achieve their commitment with the skill of an exceptional publishing professional. The authors' and editors' work is better because of her devotion to excellence, calm demeanor in the face of editorial chaos, and consistent presence throughout each stage of the production of this text. We are deeply appreciative of the wonderful effort she provides for our readers and colleagues.
The many letters and verbal communications we have received with the reviews of the previous editions of this book continue to improve our efforts. We are deeply indebted to our friends, associates, residents, fellows, and students, who stimulated us to begin this book with their questions and then faithfully criticized our answers.
We appreciate the assistance of Dorice Vieira, Associate Curator, Medical Library, and Clinical Outreach and Graduate Medical Education Librarian, in her commitment to helping us find essential information.
We thank the many volunteers, students, librarians, and particularly the St. John's University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences students and drug information staff who provide us with vital technical assistance in our daily attempts to deal with toxicologic emergencies.
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