Big Picture Science – What’s Your Poison?

by Gary Niederhoff on October 10, 2011









“Aspirin and Old Lace?” Okay, it would take a bottle full of pills in a glass of elderberry wine to really harm you, but aspirin can be deadly. So can too much of anything, including water. Dose is key in toxicology, after all, but there are some poisons that can do deadly work in tiny amounts.

Hear about the chemistry of poisons … why Botox may freeze your emotions as well as your face… which animal is most lethal to humans… and how 19th-century poisoners got away with murder – until the birth of forensic science.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Toxic Household Substances
Part 2: Murder by Poison
Part 3: Birth of Forensic Medicine
Part 4: Toxins vs. Poisons
Part 5: Psychological Effects of Botox
Part 6: Venemous Animals

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