Medical History: The Exciting True Story of Blowing Smoke Up One’s Arse
Poisonous History

Medical History: The Exciting True Story of Blowing Smoke Up One’s Arse

I’ve written about the dangers of nicotine before, and particularly about my theory of nicotine playing the part of poison in the death of Game of Throne’s King Joffrey. And lately e-cigarettes, or vaporizers, have become all the rage among consumers and media alike. So of course I’ve given my two-cents about potential e-cig and … Continue reading

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