With this issue the A.M.A. Journal of Diseases of Children inaugurates an important new section. Dr. Howard M. Cann, Director, National Clearinghouse for Poison Control Centers, Accident Prevention Program, Division of Special Health Services, U.S. Public Health Service, has agreed to submit from time to time notes concerning trends in accidental poisonings in children. From his vantage point, Dr. Cann and his staff survey the changing picture of childhood poisonings. They know the new products children are ingesting these days; they know the potential dangers of these products, and their antidotes. We are fortunate in establishing a chain of communication with this source of poison information.
Some of the intelligence concerning new products will be the same as that supplied to the Poison Control Centers. Other information will summarize new phases of old problems. These contributions will appear under a new section entitled "Communications from the National Clearinghouse for Poison