Poisoned Books

7 Jul

An article by Jakob Povl Holck and Kaare Lund Rasmussen explains the use of arsenic a couple hundred years ago and how the danger of reading some old books could be harmful, even fatal. I had no idea how widely used it was until the mid 1800’s. 

 

Damage caused by the use of green arsenic from a 1859 book (Wellcome Collection)

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