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A Renaissance warlord poison mystery

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Chelsea Noveau
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« on: January 18, 2015, 02:26:42 am »



Tomb of Cangrande. Image: Lo Scaligero [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Toxicological tests performed on various samples taken from the mummy during an autopsy, including faecal samples, showed that Cangrande had consumed chamomile, black mulberry and Digitalis, a poisonous plant otherwise known as foxglove. Taken at high enough concentrations Digitalis is lethal, and its deadly effects are often accompanied by vomiting and diarrhoea. Chamomile was largely used as a sedative and antispasmodic drug, while black mulberry was used as an astringent.
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