Dr. William Murrell: What to Do in Cases of Poisoning
Poisonous History

Dr. William Murrell: What to Do in Cases of Poisoning

In the toxicology world, and especially when poisons are involved, Spanish born Mathieu Joseph Bonaventure Orfila is the man.  He is essentially the Godfather of toxicology, and its medicolegal component,  and started us on the path towards detecting poisons in biological specimens.  And in the early 1800’s he wrote several important books on identifying and treating … Continue reading

Thujone: Absinthe and Wormwood Wonders
Featured Poison

Thujone: Absinthe and Wormwood Wonders

Wormwood, and its chemicals and concoctions, has an interesting history, and it’s difficult to know where to start.  And whenever I’m in doubt, I start at the beginning, despite what my favorite author says (see rule 5). The plant genus Artemisia houses over 300 species, and includes the common sagebrush, as well as the cool sounding mugwort and … Continue reading