King of Poisons: A History of Arsenic

King of Poisons: A History of Arsenic

John Parascandola


For centuries arsenic’s snapshot as a poison has been inextricably tied to pictures of foul play. In King of Poisons, John Parascandola examines the superb background of this lethal aspect. From Gustave Flaubert to Dorothy Sayers, arsenic has lengthy held a spot within the literary realm as an device of homicide and suicide. It used to be delightfully used as a resource of comedy within the recognized play Arsenic and previous Lace. yet as Parascandola indicates, arsenic has had a few remarkable real-world functions. It used to be often present in such universal goods as wallpaper, paint, cosmetics, or even sweet, and its use in clinical remedies used to be common. American ambassador Clare Boothe Luce suffered from publicity to arsenical paint in her research, and Napoleon’s dying has lengthy been alleged to be the results of unintended or intentional poisoning. yet arsenic poisoning continues to be a public risk. in the community round American collage in Washington, D.C., the military has undertaken an enormous cleanup of artillery shells and bottles containing chemical conflict brokers akin to arsenical lewisite after a few workmen and citizens grew to become unwell. Arsenic illness of the water provide in Bangladesh and in West Bengal, India, is an immense public illness this present day. From homicide to crime fiction, from business toxin to chemical battle, arsenic continues to be a strong strength in sleek life.

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