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Rsenic of an Antidote Ro a Global Poison

By Mead, M. Nathaniel

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Title: Rsenic of an Antidote Ro a Global Poison  
Author: Mead, M. Nathaniel
Language: English
Subject: Government publications, United Nations., United Nations. Office for Disarmament Affairs
Collections: Government Library Collection, Disarmament Documents
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Publisher: United Nations- Office for Disarmament Affairs (Unoda)


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Excerpt: Arsenic. No other element has such a complex and variegated past. As early as 500 B.C. the ancients knew about arsenic, whose name comes from the Greek word for potent. Through the centuries, this ?king of poisons? was a common means of homicide. And yet, arsenics image has not always been so morbid. People in the Middle Ages wore arsenic amulets around their necks to ward off the bubonic plague, and women in Victorian times applied arsenic compounds to their faces to whiten their complexions. Hippocrates, the father of western medicine, recorded arsenics usefulness as a topical remedy for skin ulcers. Today, arsenic compounds are still used for pharmaceutical purposes. Arsenic trioxide is known for its use in the treatment of acute promyelocytic leukemia in patients who are unresponsive to, or have relapsed from, certain chemotherapy agents. Research published in the 1 April 2005 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology suggests that arsenic trioxide may have therapeutic uses in other malignancies as well, and that it may be used in combination with other chemotherapy drugs to expand their benefits.


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