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By John Buckingham

inspired via the medicinal luck of quinine, early nineteenth century scientists was hoping strychnine, one other plant alkaloid with extraordinary houses, may also turn into a brand new weapon opposed to sickness. Physicians attempted for over a century, regardless of transforming into facts on the contrary, to regard every little thing from paralysis to constipation with it. yet strychnine proved purely to be disappointingly deadly-relegating its destiny virtually completely to animal keep an eye on, the damaging adulteration of meals, and felony exploits.

The infamous and precise tale of ways a toxic alkaloid...

Bitter Nemesis: The Intimate historical past of Strychnine provides a scholarly and compelling historical past of this interesting chemical substance from its discovery to offer instances. A popular editor for the Dictionary of ordinary items, Dr. John Buckingham fuses his eclectic pursuits into a unprecedented mixture of unique examine spanning the nation-states of heritage, medication, literature, chemistry, and forensics.

...Changed the process HISTORY!

Uncovering information and logistics from the earliest experiments played in an period while right medical trials for trying out new medicinal drugs have been nonetheless of their infancy, the writer explores strychnine's trial-and-error contributions to clinical, scientific, and forensic advancements. He additionally investigates historic milestones and the belief of strychnine in renowned culture-including felony notoriety, unintended misuse, and new claims of strychnine's advantages that reach via to the current day.

Juxtaposing the true trials, mistrials, and protracted interest linked to one in all history's such a lot infamous pharmaceutical mess ups, sour Nemesis bargains infrequent perception into the anarchic, but encouraged panorama, practices, and legacy of nineteenth century science.

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