By John Parascandola
From Gustave Flaubert to Dorothy Sayers, arsenic has lengthy held a spot within the literary realm as an software of homicide and suicide. It was once delightfully used as a resource of comedy within the recognized play Arsenic and previous Lace. yet as Parascandola exhibits, arsenic has had a few fantastic real-world functions. It used to be usually present in such universal goods as wallpaper, paint, cosmetics, or even sweet, and its use in scientific remedies used to be common. American ambassador Clare Boothe Luce suffered from publicity to arsenical paint in her learn, and NapoleonÆs dying has lengthy been purported to be the results of unintentional or intentional poisoning.
But arsenic poisoning continues to be a public threat. locally surrounding American collage in Washington, D.C., the military has undertaken a major cleanup of artillery shells and bottles containing chemical war brokers resembling arsenical lewisite after a few workmen and citizens turned ailing. Arsenic illness of the water provide in Bangladesh and in West Bengal, India, is a tremendous public illness this day in addition. From homicide to crime fiction, from commercial toxin to chemical conflict, arsenic continues to be a strong strength in smooth life.
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King of Poisons by John Parascandola