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Snakes, Snakebite and Envenoming in Sri Lanka: A Handbook on Management of Snakebite

Handbook / Manual

By: Senanayake Abeysinghe M Kularatne(Author)

235 pages, 16 plates with 76 colour photos; b/w line drawings

S.A.M. Kularatne (privately published)

Paperback | May 2013 | Edition: 2 | #208665 | ISBN-13: 9789559859420
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About this book

Language: English

Snakes, Snakebite and Envenoming in Sri Lanka describes historical facts of snakes; anatomy, behavior and details of the venom and classification of snakes relevant to Sri Lanka and Asia. The book is of relevance to health care professionals as it deals with the effects of snakebite and all the treatment methods in hospitals including first aid. It also describes safe catching and relocation techniques of snakes. The book has more than 70 good quality pictures.


Foreword   iv
Preface   vi

Snakes  1
    Historical note   3
    Snake and venom apparatus   5
Classification of venomous snakes of Sri Lanka   9
Snake venom   19
Medically important snakes of Sri Lanka   25
Distribution of venomous snakes in Sri Lanka   26
Morphological characteristics, habitats and behaviour   27
Epidemiology and clinical manifestations   41
Management of snakebite in a tertiary care hospital   69
First aid   153
Management at a peripheral hospital   157
Special situations (children, the elderly, in pregnancy and underlying diseases)   163
Mistaken diagnosis of snakebite   166
Health education: prevention of snakebite   167
Safe catching and relocation of live snakes   171
Less venomous and non-venomous snakebites   174
Summary (management in brief)   179
Conclusion   195

References   196
Annex 1 (algorithm)   206
Index   209
Plates   1- 16

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Professor SAM Kularatne has been fascinated by snakes since childhood, as these reptiles were often encountered in his ancestral village at Nikaweratiya. Having witnessed victims of snakebites both alive and dead, and how they were treated by the native physicians, laid the foundation to take up herpetology as a field ofinterest.

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