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The arsenic eaters of Styria

John Parascandola Maryland, United States   Styrian peasant women (from The Illustrated London News, July 19, 1873) In 1851, the medical world learned of the curious practice of arsenic eating among peasants in Styria (now a region of Austria) through an article in a Viennese medical journal by Swiss physician, naturalist, and traveler Johann Jakob […]