THE RETENTION OF ARSENIC IN THE ORGANS

Wm. D. McNally
1917 Journal of the American Chemical Society  
The number of cases of arsenical poisoning in which most of the organs of the human body have been examined is not large. The following cases of acute and chronic poisoning, I believe, will make a welcome addition to the literature on the retention of arsenic in the human system: Nine days after death the body was exhumed and the stomach, stomach contents, liver, both kidneys, part of lung, pancreas, parts of the small and large intestines, heart, and brain were removed. The deceased died 4l/2
more » ... deceased died 4l/2 hours after taking an unknown quantity of some form of arsenic, and had successfully resisted all efforts of the physicians called to evacuate the stomach. The body, with the exception of the brain, was in a fair state of preservation, the casket was dry and the earth surrounding it was also dry, so there was no chance of arsenic entering the body from external sources. The organs were ground separately in a meat chopper, mixed thoroughly, and part of this sample used for analysis. The chopper was thoroughly cleansed before each organ was hashed. The intestines were practically empty. The stomach walls, stomach contents, liver, intestines, lung, pancreas and heart were digested by the process of Fresenius and von Babo' and the arsenic estimated as the sulfide. The other samples were analyzed according to Chittenden and Donaldson's modification of Gautier's method.2 The liver and stomach walls were analyzed by both methods and the re-De I,., died Aug. I, 1913. sults were comparable. ArsenSc found.
doi:10.1021/ja02249a036 fatcat:elfi7yv4e5echpi2yvw6ovzpx4