Pau Estorch Siqués (1805–71) and his ‘magnes venenorum’
F. Sabaté Casellas, B. Torres Gallardo, 2017. "Pau Estorch Siqués (1805–71) and his ‘magnes venenorum’", Geology and Medicine: Historical Connections, C.J. Duffin, C. Gardner-Thorpe, R. T. J. Moody
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From ancient times, many efforts have been made to find a substance with the capacity to neutralize the toxic substances or poisons that can affect the human body. Such poisons of animal, vegetable or mineral origin enter the body through the skin, digestive or respiratory systems. Many simple or complex substances have been investigated. Estorch Siqués was a multitalented personality interested in literature, public health affairs and practical medicine; he was also a businessman who publicized and sold his own products. His ‘magnes venenorum’ is another example of the search for a universal antidote during the second half of the nineteenth century.