Bitter Nemesis: The Intimate History of Strychnine

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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 entirely to animal control, the dangerous adulteration of foods, and criminal exploits. The NOTORIOUS and TRUE ...

Bitter Nemesis: The Intimate History of Strychnine 2007, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL

ISBN-13: 9781420053159

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