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Bitter nemesis : the intimate history of strychnine

Author: J Buckingham
Publisher: Boca Raton : CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, ©2008.
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Encouraged by the medicinal success of quinine, early 19th century scientists hoped strychnine, another plant alkaloid with remarkable properties, might also become a new weapon against disease. Physicians tried for over a century, despite growing evidence to the contrary, to treat everything from paralysis to constipation with it. But strychnine proved only to be disappointingly deadly-relegating its fate almost  Read more...
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Buckingham, J.
Bitter nemesis.
Boca Raton : CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, ©2008
(DLC) 2006101010
(OCoLC)77503919
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: J Buckingham
ISBN: 9781420053166 1420053167 9781420053159 1420053159 9780429146312 0429146310
OCLC Number: 163811165
Description: 1 online resource (xix, 298 pages, 10 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations (some color)
Contents: Introduction; Some Disadvantages of a Weak Constitution; Nuts; The Patient Generally Lies on his Back; M. Vauquelin's Lack of Fame; Perfidious Dutchmen Bark up the Wrong Tree; You Will Be Careful as to the Second Article; You Hold Him Down, I'll Pour it Down His Throat; Overture to the Sorcerer's Apprentice; The Fop, the Scotsman and the Opium-Eater; It Will Be the Test-tube and the Retort That Will Hang Him; Shaken in Every Possible Way; Mrs. Dove's Brush with the Media; That Clever Dr. Letheby, So Ugly and Terrific; Tigers, Lions, etc.; Six Hundred Kilograms; The Blue Anchor Murder and Other Outrages; I Didn't Know It Was Used for Poisoning; Is There a Faceless Fiend?; Another Round of Pay Phone Hysteria.
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Uncovering details and logistics from the earliest experiments performed in an era when proper scientific trials for testing various drugs were still in their infancy, this book explores strychnine's  Read more...

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