One Nation's Meat Another's Poison
Putrefaction, Physiology, Nutrition, Narcotics, Politics
Discusses an extract from Timbs 1859 in which the author reports Charles G B Daubeny's claim that fungi poisonous to one person do not affect another. Warns that all fungi are in a state of putrefaction and thus act as ferments when introduced into the human body. Concludes by noting that it is not just fungi that may be poisonous to one and not another: 'Liberty agrees with Britons [...] but it operates as a poison' on others.
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