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Within the past six months there has been tried, in this State (Michigan), a murder case, in which an interesting and important question was presented to the medical experts. The facts of the case, so far as expert testimony was concerned, are briefly as follows:—Mathew Millard was accused of poisoning his wife with arsenic. The lady was taken sick about April 18, 1882. She was seen nearly every day, and sometimes twice a day, by a physician, and twice the attending physician had counsel. The lady had long been subject to uterine trouble (the nature of this trouble does not seem to have been understood by the attending physician). During her illness she vomited frequently, and, indeed, seldom retained either food or medicine. The testimony as to the symptoms manifested was so confused and conflicting that nothing could be made out of it. The attending physician thought she had fever,
Vaughan VC, Dawson JH. DIFFUSION OF ARSENIC THROUGH THE BODY WHEN THROWN INTO THE MOUTH AND RECTUM AFTER DEATH. JAMA. 1883;I(4):115–116. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390040019001a
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