Publisher Information: Paris: Baillière, 1841.
Orfila, Mathieu J. B. (1787-1853). Rapport sur les moyens de constater la présence de l’arsenic dans les empoisonnemens par ce toxique. 53pp. Text illustrations. 204 x 130 mm. Paris: J.-B. Baillière, 1841. Original printed wrappers, upper corner of front wrapper chipped. Light toning but very good.
First Edition. Orfila founded the science of toxicology with the publication of his monumental Traité des poisons (1814-15; Garrison-Morton.com 2072). He created new techniques for detecting arsenic poisoning as well as refining existing ones, and he played a major role in the 1840 conviction of Marie Lafarge, found guilty of poisoning her husband with arsenic after Orfila provided damning toxicological evidence against her. In the present pamphlet, published a year after the Lafarge trial, Orfila included extracts from reports by the Académie Royale de la Médecine and the Académie des Sciences supporting his findings on arsenic detection, as well as his own refutation of Magendie and Gerdy’s arguments on the subject.Book Id: 46404