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28 May 2019



Snakes aren't poisonous. You don't get poisoned by a snake. They are venomous. So 615.908 treatment of poisoning doesn't make any sense for snake bites anyway

Julianne Beall

Liz, thank you for your comment. You are right that venom and poison are not the same thing. According to the Australian Academy of Science (https://www.science.org.au/curious/everything-else/poison-vs-venom), “Venom is a specialised type of poison that has evolved for a specific purpose.” We have added the Relative Index entry: Venomous snakes 597.96165. But we are retaining the entry for “Poisonous snakes.” The preferred term in LCSH is “Poisonous snakes (http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh85103949.html),” and there are about 1563 works in WorldCat.org with that heading. In MeSH, the scope note for “Poisoning”(https://meshb.nlm.nih.gov/record/ui?ui=D011041) is “A condition or physical state produced by the ingestion, injection, inhalation of or exposure to a deleterious agent.” In the MeSH tree structure under “Poisoning [C25.723]” is “Bites and Stings [C25.723.127],” which has the scope note: “Injuries inflicted by the TEETH or poisoning caused by VENOMS of animals.” Under that is Snake Bites [C25.723.127.442]. Juli

Julianne Beall

Snakebites comment: second try to provide links that work:

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