Poisons and Poisoning: The History and Toxicology of the World’s Most Dangerous “Medicines”

Patrick Bridgeman (Pharmacy Practice and Administration)

Poisons and poisoning have been involved in some of the most influential events in history, from the death of Socrates through the high-profile assassination of Kim Jong-Nam. The objective of this seminar is to introduce students to the clinical effects and basic toxicology of the most infamous poisons used throughout history. Poisons play an infamous role in the politics and culture of the world even in present times. The intent of this seminar is to introduce students to the roles of poisons throughout history; describe the legitimate medical use of some poisons and how they effect current medical treatments; introduce the cultural and political aspects of poisons and poisoning; describe the toxicology of poisons; and to recognize poison research happening at Rutgers University.