Arsenic Essay

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Arsenic is a naturally occurring element that has been known to be a very toxic poison for hundreds of years. This metalloid has properties of metals and nonmetals. It has two forms, the organic forms including arsenobetaine, arsenocholine, MMA and DMA and the inorganic forms including As (III) and As(V). This poison can be dated as far back as 3000 years ago in Chinese medicine that is still used today. Egyptians used arsenic as a way to harden copper and as embalming fluid. During the Middle Ages it was used as a suicidal or homicidal agent. Throughout history, many rulers have used arsenic as a way to remove all threats and competition. Even Dioscorides, a very famous Greek physician who studied poisons from plants, animals and minerals, recognized arsenic as a poison during the 1st century. An Arab alchemist turned arsenic in the white tasteless powder that it still is today. In the 1500s, arsenic was used as a rat poison.6
Arsenic is a very dangerous toxin because of its discreet properties. This element has no color, taste or odor especially when place...

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