Arsenic and King George III


Subject:
Notable People: Government , Public Health & Safety , Dragons, Dreams, & Daring Deeds , Heads of State , Pollutants & Toxic Substances , Diseases & Conditions , Kings & Rulers , Royalty , Poisons , Arsenic

Description:
Discussion of a study that concludes "medication laced with arsenic may have contributed to [King George's] mental problems." Scientists have suggested that George III's poor physical health and episodes of mental instability "were caused by porphyria -- a rare inherited blood disorder. New studies have revealed another possible contributing cause for the King's problems: arsenic poisoning." Includes links to sites about porphyria. Part of the Neuroscience for Kids site.

Creator:
Chudler, Eric H.

Language:
English

Source:
http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/george.html


PID= res:lii-21758