A Treatise on Poisons: In Relation to Medical Jurisprudence, Physiology, and the Practice of Physic

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A. Black, 1829 - 698 pages
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Page 400 - A glance at the names of a few of the great organizations instituted in different parts of the world at the close of the last and beginning of the present century...
Page ix - A TREATISE ON POISONS. In relation to Medical Jurisprudence, Physiology, and the Practice of Physic.
Page 78 - ... being sent for, or showing an over-anxiety not to leave him alone with any other person, or attempting to remove or destroy articles of food or drink, or vomited matter which may have contained the poison, or expressing a foreknowledge of the probability of speedy death :— 7.
Page 139 - M. Tartra considers that four varieties may be observed in the effects of the mineral acids : 1. Speedy death from violent corrosion and inflammation; 2. Slow death from a peculiar organic disease of the stomach and intestines ; 3. Imperfect recovery, the person remaining liable ever after to irritability of the stomach ; 4. Perfect recovery. " 1. The most ordinary symptoms are those of the first variety — namely, all the symptoms that characterize the most violent gastritis, accompanied likewise...
Page 671 - The medical jurist,' says Dr. Christison, ' should make himself well acquainted with its external characters, because, besides being occasionally used in medicine, it is a familiar poison for" destroying fish, and has also been extensively used by brewers as a substitute for hops — an adulteration which is prohibited in Britain by severe statutes.
Page 167 - a person immediately after swallowing a solution of a crystalline salt, which tasted purely and strongly acid, is attacked with burning in the throat, then with a burning in the stomach, vomiting, particularly of bloody matter, imperceptible pulse, and excessive languor, and dies in half an hour, or still more, in twenty, fifteen, or ten minutes, I do not know any fallacy which can interfere with the conclusion that oxalic acid was the cause of death. No parallel disease begins so abruptly, and terminates...
Page 480 - In general, an hour or two elapsed, sometimes more ; and the bad effects consisted rather in uneasy feelings and debility than in any distress referable to the stomach. Some children suffered from eating only two or three; and it will be remembered that Robertson, a young and healthy man, only took five or six. In two or three hours they complained of a...
Page 161 - The concentrated acid, if taken in considerable dose, may cause death in from two to twenty minutes. ' After death the stomach is found to contain black extravasated blood, exactly like blood acted on by oxalic acid out of the body ; the inner coat of the stomach is of a cherry-red colour, with streaks of black granular warty extravasation ; and in some places the surface of the coat is vary brittle and the subjacent stratum gelatinized.
Page 63 - ... We are indebted to the witness for being thus distinct, and for directing us to the authorities on which he relies. Availing myself of his suggestion, I read from Christison, 49, and will especially ask the attention of the Court and Jury to it. — " The next point to be examined under the head of chemical evidence, relates to the causes which may remove the poison beyond the reach of the inspector. Although poison be not detected in the body — the experimenter being supposed skilful, and...
Page 480 - One or two had cardialgia, nausea, and vomiting ; but these were not general or lasting symptoms. They then complained of a prickly feeling in their hands, heat and constriction of the mouth and throat ; difficulty of swallowing and speaking freely ; numbness about the mouth, gradually extending to the arms, with great debility of the limbs. The degree of muscular debility varied a good deal, but was an invariable symptom. In some it merely prevented them from walking firmly, but in most of them...

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