Search Results for ‘aconite’

Aconite killer convicted

February 11, 2010, 2:21 am

TimesOnline reports today that Lakvir Kaur Singh, the so-called currry killer, has been convicted in a London court of murdering her lover, Lakhvider Cheema.  According to the report, Ms. Singh –enraged that Mr. Cheema had declared his intention of marrying a younger woman — laced both their curry dinners with Indian aconite (Aconitum ferox). Within an hour …

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Aconite: A modern case with an ancient poison

January 2, 2010, 4:39 pm




Aconite is among the oldest known poisons, having been described in the Rig Veda —  a sacred ancient Indian text dating back to the 12th century B.C.  — as a toxin used to poison arrows.  There are many Aconitum species found throughout the world, including monkshood

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Must-watch: video showing murder of Kim Jong Nam

February 22, 2017, 1:25 pm

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Extraordinary security footage from Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia showing details surrounding the February 13 killing by poison of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korea leader Kim Jong Un. The video was posted by Fuji Television and the Wall Street Journal, and can be seen by clicking here.

The video makes it possible to establish …

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TPR Podcast Episode #12: 25 years of weird and wacky toxicology papers

September 26, 2016, 9:54 am

The Poison Review started as a hard-copy newsletter and accompanying tape cassette in the summer of 1992, when George H.W. Bush was President. In this episode of the TPR podcast, Tim Ericsson, Steve Aks and I look back at some the the weirdest and wackiest toxicology articles we've reviewed in the last quarter-century. Topics will include an air stewardess with puzzling diarrhea, the toxicology of ingesting contents of a lava lamp, and a scientific look into whether or no Beano prevents flatulence. Enjoy!

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Excellent review of lipid rescue therapy

February 25, 2015, 6:47 pm


Intravenous Lipid Emulsion in the Emergency Department: A Systematic Review of Recent Literature. Cao D et al. J Emerg Med 2014 Dec 19 [Epub ahead of print]


This excellent comprehensive review of lipid rescue therapy (LRT) is vitiated only by the unavoidable fact that available clinical evidence  is so inconclusive. As the authors point out, published literature consists mostly …

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Pop quiz: cardiac arrhythmia from an herbal medicine

November 20, 2014, 11:35 pm


Life-threatening cardiovascular toxicity following ingestion of Chinese herbal medicine. Martinez A et al. Emerg Med Australas 2014 Oct;26:512-13.


This case report describes a 46-year-old Chinese woman in Melbourne who presented with peri-oral and facial paresthesias, gastronintestinal disturbance (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea,  abdominal pain,) tachycardia and hypotension. She also had decreased level of consciousness and ventricular tachycardia. Symptoms started 30 minutes …

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Was Alexander the Great poisoned?

January 7, 2014, 1:27 pm

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Alexander the Great


Was the death of Alexander the Great due to poisoning? Was it Veratrum album? Schep LJ et al. Clin Toxicol 2013 Dec 26 [Epub ahead of print]


Although accounts of the events leading up to the death of Alexander the Great (356-323 BC) vary, many versions describe a sudden onset of abdominal pain following a banquet …

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The Poisoner’s Art

February 20, 2010, 5:04 pm

The Sydney Morning Herald this morning uses the recent case of London's "Curry Killer" to introduce in a brief history of the poisoner's art. Although many of their examples are familiar, I had not been aware that . . .

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