Poison hemlock (Veh poisonous) (Cicuta virosa L.)

This plant is found in damp places, on the banks of rivers, lakes, ponds, swamps, ravines. Once the five boys from 6 to 11 years made a fire, his fire roasted roots last year, gathered on the banks of the river, and ate them. Marching from the field in the evening farmers saw how children make ridiculous movements suddenly fall to the ground and then lifted ("how drunk"). People thought that the guys play. Somewhat later, in a meadow near the road I found one of the boys in an unconscious state. Child rushed to CRH, and was saved. The other children were found already dead. Usually Read more [...]
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The study Socratic Cup

In 1881, of the spotted hemlock (Conium maculaturn), a biennial plant of the family. Celery with a very unpleasant, strong smell of mouse urine, the German chemist August Wilhelm Hofmann isolated alkaloid coniine. Soon the lab Viennese pharmacologist Professor Carl Shroff decided to test the effect of this poison. In addition to the scientific interest was also different: according to the legend on the order of hemlock juice Athenian government in 399 BC. e. Socrates was poisoned. Historians of ancient Rome Pliny and Tacitus, testified that it was in Greece, hemlock was used for the execution Read more [...]
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