Disease characterized by excessive or compulsive
use of alcoholic drinks.
heavy metal found in many medicines used to treat fevers. It causes vomiting,
sweating, and purging of the bowels. Chronic exposure to antimony compounds
can cause nausea, vomiting, "antimony spots" (scaly skin blemishes),
and anemia, often progressing to circulatory collapse and death.
Name for mercurous chloride, a poisonous mercury
compound commonly used in the 1800s.
name for mercuric chloride, a very poisonous mercury compound used as
a drastic medicine in the 1800s.
Alcohol-withdrawal syndrome: an insanity lasting
from 3-10 days resulting from alcohol abuse, then deprivation. It is characterized
by "the shakes" (tremors of the hand and eye), soon after drinking
stops. Hallucinations, delusions, and seizures are also common.
To pass off in vapor or in minute airborne particles.
A popular fever reducer from 1760 into the 1800s,
made of a compound containing antimony and calcium phosphate.
Poisonous heavy metallic element. Exposure to lead
compounds can cause anemia, mood swings, intense abdominal cramps, confusion
and brain damage. Nerve paralysis usually begins with the hands. Before
1950, about 25% of all severe cases ended in death.
Poisonous heavy metallic element, liquid at room
temperature; also called quicksilver. Elemental mercury can be
inhaled as vapor; mercury compounds can be ingested or absorbed through
the skin. Exposure symptoms include fatigue, confusion, tremors, brain
damage and death. Mercury compounds were widely used in the 1800s to make
medicines for purging the body's digestive system.
An inert medication given to soothe or calm a patient,
or as a control in experiments.
Old name for the element mercury.
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