The Principles and Practice of Medical Jurisprudence by the Late Alfred Swaine Taylor Volume 2

The Principles and Practice of Medical Jurisprudence by the Late Alfred Swaine Taylor Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ... third day. There was painful swelling of the salivary glands, with the peculiar metallic taste produced by mercury. This analysis of the saliva may not only furnish evidence that the patient is under the influence of mercurial poison, but it will prove, in a case otherwise doubtful, whether the salivation from which a person is suffering is owing to mercury or some other cause. An examination of the saliva should be made in all cases of metallic poisoning, as arsenic, antimony, and other metals might be thus detected in the act of elimination from the living body. The processes above described reveal only the presence of mercury. When the quantity of corrosive sublimate dissolved in an organic liquid is moderately large, it may be removed by means of ether. Place the filtered liquid supposed to contain the poison in a stoppered tube, add to it twice its volume of ether, and agitate the liquid at intervals for half an hour. Allow the liquid to subside, pour off the ether into a watch-glass, and submit it to spontaneous evaporation. As the ether passes off, the corrosive sublimate will be deposited in white silky-looking prisms. These may be purified by solution in water if necessary, and again crystallised. Corrosive sublimate may thus be separated from arsenic and other mineral poisons in solution. If mercury and arsenic are associated in a poisonous mixture, or in the tissues, the arsenic may be entirely separated by distillation. Masses of corrosive sublimate may be sometimes entangled in viscid mucus; and in such cases, the coarse powder being heavy, it may be separated by simply agitating the viscid liquid in water, and then decanting the upper portion suddenly. This poison is decomposed and precipitated by many organic matters, such more

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  • Paperback | 546 pages
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  • English
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  • 1236664108
  • 9781236664105