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Poisoning example[edit]

Arafat Poisoning inconsistent with Death of Yasser Arafat article: Note that liver cirrhosis is inconsistent with brain hemorrhaging etc. Furthermore, the diagnosis of the French doctors does to my knowledge not state cirrhosis as a reason for Arafat's death. Thus: where does the "reputedly" come from? Please do something about that.

Note 12th Jan 05: Nobody seems to object, so I have changed the detail in the article accordingly. JB

13th Jan 05: Changed portion has been reverted. I won't go into a revert war. But note that Arafat's diagnosis does not state liver cirrhosis as the reason for his death, and that there are also people not supporting Arafat that feel that it is unlikely that he was killed by alcohol abusus. JB

Possibly missing: Contact poison[edit]

At the moment the only categories containing the word "contact" are corrosives, acids and bases. I think contact poison (skin contact) should have a section.

Deadliest poison[edit]

I was wondering, which poison the most powerful? I read somewhere that botulin is the most powerful natural toxin and that only 450gr could wipe out the human race (in theory). However, I do not now if this is true. I would also like to know which poison(s) kills you the fastest. I got told that cyanide could kill a man before he even has time to fall to the ground, however, I do not know at all if this is true.

Josellis 10:19, 19 March 2007 (UTC)

I doubt the one about cyanide, but I don't really know for sure. The one about botulinum toxin has some truth to it, although it comes of course from a completely idealized calculation (multiplying the population of the Earth by the estimated median lethal dose), which would be impossible in practice. --Itub 10:41, 19 March 2007 (UTC)


Maybe Maitotoxin or Palytoxin, I dunno there may be more poisonous ones. 70.95.142.166 09:30, 1 September 2007 (UTC)

Botulinum toxin A is frequently stated as the most potent (in terms of LD) poison known to date. At least I am not aware of any other poison with lower LD values. As the speed of action is concerned, high concentrations of hydrogen cyanide and nerve agents (Sarin, Tabun, V-agents and such, above their respective LCt50 — LCt90 values), if inhaled, do produce a lethality within about a minute.--109.193.164.130 (talk) 21:43, 11 August 2011 (UTC)

Toxicology Task Force[edit]

Just wanted to announce the creation of a new Toxicology Task Force under WikiProject Medicine. Feel free to come and sign up. Thanks -- Jrtayloriv (talk) 04:06, 3 February 2010 (UTC)

The amount makes the poison[edit]

I think there needs to be a clarification also that not only certain substances are generally considered poisonous, but that the toxicity of a substance very much depends on its amount, such as salt or salt water, very much needed but in large amount deadly... 193.145.39.154 (talk) 08:06, 9 September 2011 (UTC)

There is already a mention of this in the "Terminology" section. 72.94.166.193 (talk) 11:17, 9 September 2011 (UTC)