Changing Trends (Patterns) of Human Poisoning in Kadapa Region – a Five Years Study
Keywords:– Incidence, household poisons, agriculture poisons,supervasmol poisons, rodenticide poisons, scarpion sting bites,snake bite cases, kadapa region, five years study.
“Caution is advised while decontaminating a victim of poisoning. Over enthusiasm may result in the patient,
not the poison” – John Morrision
Poisoning has been known to mankind since time immemorial and the study of various poisons and their
effects has always fascinated mankind. References to poisons and various instances of poisoning are
available in Indian Shastras, Egyptian Papyari and Sumerian writings.1
Since then many substances considered advantages and disadvantages in the form of food or poisons have
been discovered. Those substances which are used unfortunately to take away the man’s life or cause ill
health have been changing.
Some of the great persons who were poisoned to death are Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj,2-3 whose bed was
poisoned, Socrates, who was made to drink Hemlock (Conium maculatum) and Rasputin who was poisoned
with cyanide and then shot. Aluminum phosphide poisoning, a rodenticide is also posing a formidable
challenge and is on the way for taking the number one position. As poisoning trends go on changing, it is
necessary to know the poisoning trends from time to time.
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