chapter  60
Percutaneous Absorption of Arsenic from Environmental Media
ByYvette W. Lowney, Michael V. Ruby, Ronald C. Wester, Rosalind A. Schoof, Stewart E. Holm, Xiao-Ying Hui, Sherry Barbadillo, Howard I. Maibach
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In the Middle Ages, arsenic was well known as a poison to the nobility, who employed (presumably expendable) food tasters to ensure that their wine, tea, or soup contained no dissolved arsenical threat to the noblemen’s health. Arsenic’s reputation as a poison persisted through the centuries and was again popularized in the 1940s play ‘‘Arsenic and Old Lace.’’