Year: 1985 Source: Journal of Forensic Sciences, v.30, no.4, (October 1985), p.1248-1255 SIEC No: 19860536

A typical case of suicidal poisoning by a rodenticide is presented. The forceful muscular convulsions were accompanied by a clear sensorium. Pathological findings consisted of an early onset of postmortem rigidty & microscopic hemorrhages with minimal degenerative neuronal changes in the spinal cord. The highest tissue concentrations of strychnine were found in the bile & liver. The pathophysiology & epidemiology of strychnine poisoning is reviewed & discussed in context.(16 Ref.) (NBB)