Is Arsenic an Aphrodisiac?: The Sociochemistry of an Element 1st Edition
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"This accessibly written, engaging book offers an encyclopedic view of arsenic's role in history." (Chemical Heritage Magazine, Volume 27, Number 2)
"It makes for highly entertaining reading not only because it has been so extensively researched but also because it succeeds in coming up with a host fascinating and often little-known facts about arsenic. For anyone having even the slightest interest in arsenic this is an absolute must!" (Chemistry World, Dennis Rouvray, November Issue)
"a remarkable resource ... combines impressive scholarship and writing that is a pleasure to read - a rare talent among chemists." (Chemistry and Industry, 23 March 2009)
"This book is certainly to be treasured and is ... readable, interesting, informative and well referenced." (Education in Chemistry, John Nicholson, September 2009)
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Where this book really shines is in the treatment of arsenic contamination of the air, soil and water- usually, but not entirely by
commercial activities such as mining. The message that comes through again and again is that even in cases of serious, health threatening
contamination, the response from those responsible is usually a cover-up.
Particularly devastating is the account of arsenicals used in chemical warfare- the tests carried out on "volunteers". the dumping of discarded munitions in the sea- and the continued lying of governments and military.
The supposed use of arsenic as an aphrodisiac is mentioned early in the
book in connection with quack patent medicines.
You may be alarmed if you like to eat chicken or seafood. It turns out chickens gain weight faster if fed arsenic. Even if the meat is low enough in arsenic , the chicken manure persists in the environment in
massive quantities, and its arsenic burden can enter the water table.
Fish also accumulate arsenic.(One wonders about those Talapia from China).
Burning coal tends to release arsenic(as the trioxide), as do smeltings of various ores.
Do you live on land that was once a fruit orchard ? Remember that not too many years ago, the insecticide for apples etc. was lead arsenate. Used every year, it accumulates in the soil.
I found much of interest, much that was disturbing in this excellent book.