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March 6, 1886


JAMA. 1886;VI(10):273-274. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250030021008

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The Relation of Experimental Physiology to Medical Jurisprudence—Poisoning by Colchicine—Antiseptic Value of Biniodide of Mercury—Ferrán on the Comma-bacillus—Medical Students in Paris—Death of Dr. Daniel MacCarthy.

In certain cases experimental physiology may render great service to medical jurisprudence, when chemistry so often fails. According to Dr. Laborde, Chef of the Physiological Laboratory of the Faculty of Medicine of Paris, it is sufficient to know how a toxic alkaloid acts upon a certain function. At a recent meeting of the Société de Biologie, Dr. Laborde developed the subject in the following example: A dog was accidentally poisoned in a laboratory, presumably by veratria or by aconitine. Chemistry was inefficient to solve the problem by the examination of the different organs and the liquids they contained. It was then determined that a certain quantity of these liquids should be injected into the cellular tissue of a dog that was procured for the

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