publication . Article . 2010

Snake bite.

Warrell, DA;
  • Published: 01 Jan 2010 Journal: Lancet, volume 375, issue 9,708 (issn: 0140-6736, eissn: 1474-547X, Copyright policy)
  • Country: United Kingdom
Snake bite is a common and frequently devastating environmental and occupational disease, especially in rural areas of tropical developing countries. Its public health importance has been largely ignored by medical science. Snake venoms are rich in protein and peptide toxins that have specificity for a wide range of tissue receptors, making them clinically challenging and scientifically fascinating, especially for drug design. Although the full burden of human suffering attributable to snake bite remains obscure, hundreds of thousands of people are known to be envenomed and tens of thousands are killed or maimed by snakes every year. Preventive efforts should be...
Medical Subject Headings: complex mixtures
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