Punjab Poisons; Being a Description of the Poisons Principally Used in the Punjab

Punjab Poisons; Being a Description of the Poisons Principally Used in the Punjab

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1888 edition. Excerpt: ...a test tube, and treated as described afterwards under Reinsch's test. If no such pieces are visible, the contents of the stomach should be largely diluted with water, and submitted to-repeated decantation from one vessel to another. In this way any white or yellow arsenic in fine powder can be detected, as their weights contrasted with that of the organic matters present, cause them to subside to the bottom, where they can easily be recognised as white or yellow gritty powders, to which the sublimate test or Reinsch's test may be applied as afterwards described. If no piece or powder of arsenic can be detected on washing and decanting the contents of the stomach, the substance should be prepared for Reinsch's test by cutting it into pieces if necessary, and introducing it into an evaporating basin in which dilute hydrochloric acid and a piece _of bright copper foil is boiling. If the copper remains bright after boilingin the acid alone, but tarnishes when the suspected substance is added, there is reason to suspect the presence of arsenic, and Reinsch's test, as afterwards, described, should be used. N0te.--lf the jar of viscera sent for examination is found on opening to contain living maggots, as will sometimes occur, it may be at once concluded that the poison present, if any, is neither arsenic nor corrosive sublimate. As, if either of these is present in poisonous quantity, maggots would never have been developed. The viscera of animals or men poisoned by arsenic have generally a less offensive smell than those from beings which have died from other causes, owing to arsenic being an antiseptic and preventing decomposition. Brande and Taylor recommend that, in cases of suspected poisoning by arsenic, the...show more

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  • United States
  • English
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  • 1236845625
  • 9781236845627