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Pattern of poisoning in a developing agricultural country
  1. B. Senewiratne,
  2. Shanthi Thambipillai
  1. Department of Medicine, University of Ceylon, Peradeniya, Ceylon
  2. Clinical Research Unit, General Hospital, Kandy, Ceylon


    Four hundred and seventy-two cases of poisoning were seen over a two-year period in Kandy, Ceylon. The overall mortality was 23·7%. The pattern of poisoning was different from that in western countries in that 49·8% of the cases were due to insecticide poisoning and only 10·7% were due to drugs, including barbiturates. Insecticides accounted for 73·2% and drugs for only 4·5% of the 112 fatal cases. Of the fatal cases 51·7% were between the ages of 20 and 40 years and only 6·2% were over 50 years. The wastage of economically useful lives indicates the need for a poison centre.

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