oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Anti-snakebite sera - their relevance in Rhodesia

Volume 23, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



Anti-Snakebite serum, when specific, is the most important therapeutic agent available in the management of systemic snakebite poisoning, and it has been stated that its correct use can be effective although it is not given until hours or even days after the bite (Reid, 1973). Such an important therapeutic tool deserves some special consideration. Many of the doctors in Central Africa who are called upon to manage patients with snakebite poisoning will have no particular interest in herpetology, but are nonetheless concerned about the benefits or otherwise of administration of anti-serum in any given case. The purpose of this paper is to consider the sera which are relevant to Central Africa, with some comments on their preparation.

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