Medicine: Arsenic in Body

In 1878 Louis Danval, a pharmacist at Paris was convicted of poisoning his wife with arsenic, after a quarrel. Chemists had found one milligram of arsenic in the woman's body. M. Dan-val was sentenced to life imprisonment in New Caledonia. Then in 1902 Gabriel Bertrand, French chemist, announced that arsenic is habitually found in the human body. Danval appealed, was released. He appealed also for rehabilitation but the French courts refused to grant this in 1906. By 1921 new evidence was available and he again appealed. The French courts appointed a committee of...

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