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Revista Cubana de Medicina Militar

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PEREZ BARLY, Liudmila et al. Origin and history of Toxicology. Rev Cub Med Mil [online]. 2014, vol.43, n.4, pp.499-514. ISSN 0138-6557.

This paper chronologically described the events in toxicology that took place worldwide and in Cuba. A literature review was made about the origin and history of toxicology, which emerged since the very beginning of mankind. It reflected the actions taken by well known doctors from ancient times, as well as the work of renowned poisoners. Such information was retrieved from papyri and from mythological, religious, medical and universal literature. A number of toxics discovered or used throughout history were mentioned, including their classification according to their origin: animal, vegetable or mineral. Additionally, the linkage between this science and forensic medicine was stressed. Toxicology became an independent science in the 50's of the last century.

Keywords : Toxicology; history; toxic substances.

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