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Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology

W. G. Aitchison Robertson1922

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2016-05-26

Belladona

I'm listening to a book about forensics, which is a morbid encyclopedia of death, basically, but one of the poisons mentioned was Belladona. It's another name for Deadly Nightshade apparently and "the name "bella donna" is derived from Italian and means "pretty woman" because the herb was used in eye-drops by women to dilate the pupils of the eyes to make them appear seductive."

But don't eat it or you may become a dead woman.

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Which reminds me, some guy (with his family) were collecting mushrooms in the woods and I was walking by so he showed me his bag and asked, "do you know if these are edible?"

Yeah...not interested in being involved in potential murder...