POISON (n. from Latin potio, a drink or draught, via Old French and Middle English) = (1)a substance that causes injury, illness or death, especially by chemical means, when introduced into or absorbed by a living organism, in sufficient quantity.

(2)something destructive or fatal; a harmful influence or principle.

(v.tr.)= (1)to administer POISON to…

(2)to kill or harm with poison.

(3)to put POISON on or into (e.g.arrow)

(4)to infect (air,water,etc)with POISON; contaminate or pollute.

(5)to render land etc. foul and unfit for its purpose, by a noxious application.

(6)to have a harmful influence, or corrupt.


POISON (adj.) or POISONOUS = bane-

ful, deadly, fatal, lethal, mortal, noxious, TOXIC, VENOMOUS, virulent.





TOXIC (n. from Greek toxicon – poison for arrows) = toxic chemical or other substance.

(adj.)= (1) of, or relating to POISON (e.g. toxic symptoms). (2) POISONOUS (e.g.

toxic gas); (3) caused by POISON (e.g.

toxic anaemia).





TOXICOLOGY (n. from Greek toxicon +

logos) = the study of POISONS, their detection, isolation, identification, nature, and effects on the body, and the treatment of POISONING. May be considered a branch of pharmacology or of forensic medicine.






TOXINOLOGY = the specialized area dealing with biological TOXINS.


TOXIN (n.) = a POISON produced by a living organism; often a protein, and often capable of inducing neutralizing antibodies (ANTITOXIN).






VENOM (n. from Latin venenum = poison, via Old French and Middle English)

(1)= POISONOUS secretion of an animal, usually transmitted by a bite or sting, for defence or hunting prey.

(2)anything injurious, destructive or fatal.









Revised: June 2016

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A directory of toxicology sites on the internet

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ANIMALS inc.bites, stings, venoms. TOP

www.afpmb.org/  ARMED FORCES PEST MANAGEMENT inc.Pics.

. www.arachnology.org/ ARACHNOLOGY HOME PAGE & links

www.arachnoserver.org/  SPIDER TOXINS & SPECIES

www.atheris.ch/ven_data.php VENOM DATABASE CD-ROM

www.austmus.gov.au/spiders/  AUSTRALIAN SPIDERS


www.badspiderbite.com  SPIDER BITES

http://biology.bangor.ac.uk/%7Ebss166/links.htm  VENOMOUS SNAKE LINKS

www.calacademy.org/exhibits/venoms   VENOMOUS CREATURES + BIBLIOGRPHY

www.cevap.org.br/  TOXINOLOGY CENTRE, BRAZIL

www.coneshell.net  CONE SHELLS

www.dendrobatesworld.com/ - POISON FROGS inc. pictures & links


www.ent.iastate.edu/  ENTOMOLOGY INDEX & IMAGES

www.eol.org/  ENCYCLOPEDIA OF LIFE ( N=z  P=e)

www.gastropods.com/Taxon_pages/Group_Cone.shtml CONE SHELLS + pictures

http://grimwade.biochem.unimelb.edu.au/cone CONE SHELLS  #

http://hobospider.org/ SPIDERS


www.marine-medic.com.au/ JELLYFISH etc.

http://medent.usyd.edu.au/fact/fact.htm MEDICAL ENTOMOLOGY FACT SHEET

http://members.tripod.com/~c_kianwee/venom.htm SCORPIONS

“The coward’s weapon, poison…”

               Phineas Fletcher (1582-1650)

  (2)                              English poet

www.merck.com/mmpe/   MERCK-BITES & STINGS  #

http://netvet.wustl.edu/e-zoo.htm - ELECTRONIC ZOO + Links

www.pharmacy.arizona.edu/centers/toxicology   VENOMOUS CRITTERS etc.

www.priory.com/med/ophitoxaemia.htm - SNAKEBITE (Indian)

“Give a man a fish, and he can eat for a day. But teach a man how to fish, and he’ll be dead of mercury poisoning inside of three years.”

 (3)                              Charles Haas

www.reptile-database.org  SNAKES inc. pictures

http://scop.mrc-lmb.cam.ac.uk/scop/ SNAKE VENOM TOXINS (search 'snake' or 'venom')

www.scorpions.co.za/  SOUTH AFRICAN SCORPIONS – Pics.& Links

www.scuba-doc.com/  ----( MARINE HAZARDS)

www.snakemuseum.com - CALIFORNIA SERPENTARIUM

“Publicity is like poison; it doesn’t hurt unless you swallow it.”

  Joe Paterno (1926-) Football coach(4)

www.spiders.com.au/ - SPIDERS

www.t3db.org/  TOXIN & TARGET DATABASE

www.thesnake.org/ - SNAKES  inc. most dangerous

http://tolweb.org/tree/phylogeny.html - TREE OF LIFE

“And while the flesh [of the quails] was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the wrath of the Lord smote the people with a very great plague.”

                                Numbers 12: 33  (5)

www.toxinology.com/ CLINICAL TOXINOLOGY (inc.CSL antivenom handbook)  #

www.toxinology.org/  INT.SOCIETY in TOXINOLOGY


www.venombyte.com/ - U.S. SPECIES & Links

www.venomdoc.com   VENOMS & TOXINS #

“My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains my sense, as though of hemlock I had drunk.”

                   John Keats (1795-1821) 

                       ‘Ode to a nightingale’ (6)

www.venomous.com - SNAKES

www.venomousreptiles.org/ 'HOT HERPS' plus Links 

http://waynesword.palomar.edu/ - NATURAL HISTORY TEXTBOOK

PLANTS inc.alkaloids, herbs. TOP

“There is poison in the fang of the serpent, in the mouth of the fly and in the sting of the scorpion; but the wicked man is saturated with it.”

           Chanakaya (350-275 B.C.)      (7)

www.ansci.cornell.edu/plants/ CORNELL inc. TOXIC AGENTS  #

www.ars-grin.gov/duke/ PHYTOCHEMICAL DATABASE (inc.Poisons)

www.aspca.org/pet-care/poison-control/plants  445 PET POISON PLANTS + video

http://cal.vet.upenn.edu/projects/poison/index.html  PENNSYLVANIA + lecture

www.cbif.gc.ca/pls/pp/ CANADA - Poison plant links

“When you consider what a chance women have to poison their husbands, it’s a wonder there isn’t more of it done”

                         Kin Hubbard (1868-1930)

                        American Humourist  (8)

www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/consumer/poison/poison.htm NORTH CAROLINA

http://cpharm.vetmed.vt.edu/PoisonPlants/   - SLIDES OF POISON PLANTS

http://emedicine.com/emerg/#TOXICOLOGY.htm PLANTS  #

www.giftinfo.uni-mainz.de/ (choose English) PLANTS & MUSHROOMS

www.herbalsafety.utep.edu/ - HERBAL FACT SHEETS (40)

“Look not upon the wine when it is red,…..

At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.”

                       Proverbs 23: 31     (9)

www.landcareresearch.co.nz/  NEW ZEALAND

www.library.illinois.edu/vex/toxic  ILLINOIS

http://mic-ro.com/plants/  CONTACT POISON PLANTS

http://novascotia.ca/museum/poison  NOVA SCOTIA

“Red meat is NOT bad for you. Now blue-green meat, that’s bad for you”

                        Tommy Smithers   (10)

www.napralert.org/  NATURAL PRODUCTS  (£)

www.ars.usda.gov/services/docs.htm?docid=12140 / WESTERN U.S.A. PLANTS & LINKS  #

http://res.agr.ca/brd/poisonpl/ CANADA (inc.WWW Poison plant sites)

http://essmextension.tamu.edu/plants/toxics   TEXAS

“The strongest poison ever known came from Caesar’s laurel crown”

               William Blake (1757-1827)

            ‘Auguries of innocence’      (11)

www.thepoisongarden.co.uk  ALNWICK and BEYOND

http://vet.vet.purdue.edu/toxic  INDIANA

www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/plantox/ BIBLIOGRAPHY & PLANT LIST

www.vth.colostate.edu/poisonous_plants/index.cfm COLORADO

“No Roman ever was able to say ‘I dined last night with the Borgias.”

         Max Beerbohm (1872-1956)  (12)


FUNGI inc.algae, bacteria, food poisoning, shellfish TOP.

“Throw physic to the dogs;I’ll none of it”

            William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

                                         ‘Macbeth’ (13)

www.agls.uidaho.edu/foodtox  FOOD TOXINS LECTURES & SLIDES

www.bigelow.org/hab/ ALGAE

www.chbr.noaa.gov/  ALGAE

“To err is human, but to really foul things up, you need a computer.”

                                   Paul Ehrlich  (14)

http://www-cyanosite.bio.purdue.edu/  CYANOBACTERIA


www.epa.gov/gmpo/habpage.html ALGAE (many links)

www.evergreen.edu/mushrooms/phm/  POISONOUS & HALLUCINOGENIC FUNGI

“I will smite with the rod that is in mine hand upon the waters which are in the river, and they shall be turned to blood.

And the fish that is in the river shall die, and the river shall stink; and the Egyptians shall lothe to drink of the water of the river.”

                           Exodus 7:17-18     (15)

http://fungi.fvlmedia.dk/  FUNGAL PICTURES (3.5k)

www.icrisat.org/aflatoxin  AFLATOXINS

www.in2.dk/fungi/ FUNGI IMAGES

www.mushroom-central.com/  - inc. ‘POISONOUS’

www.mushroomjohn.org – MAGIC MUSHROOMS

www.mycolog.com/  FUNGAL IMAGES etc.

www.mycology.cornell.edu/  VIRTUAL LIBRARY, MYCOLOGY

“Half the modern drugs could well be thrown out of the window, except that the birds might eat them.”

     Martin H.Fischer (1879-1962)    (16)

www.mykoweb.com/ FUNGI -  /TFWNA – Toxic Fungi N.America

www.rogersmushrooms.com  FUNGI (inc.photos & keys, poisoning)  # disc.Mar.2017)

www.shroomery.org/  PSILOCYBE

www.textbookofbacteriology.net/ - TODAR’S ONLINE TEXTBOOK…

“There is such a thing as food and such a thing as poison. But the damage done by those who pass off poison as food is far less than that done by those who generation after generation convince people that food is poison.”

   Paul Goodman (1911-1972) Writer (17)

http://vm.cfsan.fda.gov/~mow/intro.html MUSHROOMS, FOOD POISON., CIGUATERA

www..whoi.edu/redtide/ HARMFUL ALGAE


DRUGS inc.adverse reactions, misuse. TOP


“Gold is worse poison to a man’s soul, doing more murders in this loathsome world, than any mortal drug.”

   William Shakespeare (1564-1616)  (18)


www.centerwatch.com/ - CLINICAL TRIALS – F.D.A. approvals etc

www.choiceandmedication.org.uk  MENTAL HEALTH inc. Drug ADR’s

www.dimdi.de/ - DRUGS & DEVICES (German – reg.).

www.dh.gov.uk/greenbook  -  VACCINES inc. adverse effects

“All substances are poisons; there is none which is not a poison. The right dose differentiates a poison and a remedy.”

               Paracelsus (1493-1541)   (19)

www.dignityindying.org.uk  VOLUNTARY EUTHANASIA SOC.

http://druginfo.nlm.nih.gov/  DRUG INFO PORTAL inc.trials

www.druginfozone.org - inc. News, Links, Interactions, etc.

www.drugscope.org.uk/ DRUG MISUSE (formerly ISSDN)

“For the first time in the history of the world, every human being is now subjected to contact with dangerous chemicals from the moment of conception until death.”               Rachel Carson ‘Silent Spring’ 1962 (20)

www.ecstasy.org ECSTASY (inc. books; links)

www.emims.net MIMS (register)

www.erowid.org/ VAULTS of EROWID (drug misuse; plants, etc)  #


www.fda.gov/medwatch/index.html FOOD & DRUG ADMIN. (recalls & ADR'S)

http://forendex.southernforensic.org  DESIGNER DRUGS

“As cruel a weapon as the caveman’s club, the chemical barrage has been hurled against the fabric of life.”

              Rachel Carson (1907-1964)

                         ‘Silent Spring’


www.forensicdrugreview.com/  DESIGNER DRUGS

www.guidetopharmacology.com/  DRUG TARGETS etc.

www.idispharma.com - 17K MEDICINES ONLINE + Education

www.immunisation.nhs.uk - VACCINES


www.medicines.org.uk/emc  MEDICINES COMPENDIUM  #

“The chemicals to which life is asked to make its adjustment are no longer merely the calcium and silica and copper and all the rest of the minerals washed out of the rocks and carried in rivers to the sea; they are the synthetic creatures of  of man’s inventive mind, brewed in his laboratories, and having no counterparts in nature.”

                Rachel Carson (1907-1964)

                           ‘Silent Spring’

www.mhra.gov.uk/ MEDICINES CONTROL AGENCY (inc.drug alerts, CSM, Current Problems)

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed   PUBMED (Medline, structures, alerts)  #

www.neurosoup.com/  ENTHEOGENS

www.nih.gov NATIONAL INSTITUTES of HEALTH (clinical alerts)

www.noahcompendium.co.uk/  ANIMAL MEDICINES DATASHEETS

www.npc.co.uk/ - NATIONAL PRESCRIBING CENTRE inc. Merec


www.opioids.com/chemical/index.html DRUG MISUSE

www.pharmgkb.org  PHARMACOGENETICS 

“In the arts of life man invents nothing; but in the arts of death he outdoes Nature herself, and produces by chemistry and machinery all the slaughter of the of the plague, pestilence and famine.”

    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

                     ‘Man and Superman’

www.psychotropics.dk/refbase  PSYCHOTROPIC DRUGS

www.stainblue.com MAGIC MUSHROOMS

www.worstpills.org/ - ADVERSE DRUG INFO. from PublIc Citizen U.S.

www.yellowcard.mhra.gov.uk/  YELLOW CARD REPORTING & drug prints


CHEMICALS inc.warfare, pollution, pesticides TOP

www.agius.com/hew - OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH

“Books are extensions of our brains, giving us a collective memory far more powerful than any one person can have. Computers are even more profound brain extensions than books. They can store information far more densely….

What’s more, computers are the first tools that can process information in the same basic ways a brain can, perceiving, analysing, planning…Since the 1970’s the world’s computers have begun joining together, as the World Wide Web has spread like a mesh of fungal threads…encircling Earth. We have surrounded ourselves with a global brain, which taps into our own brains, an intellectual forest dependent on a hidden fungal network.”

                         Zimmer (2002)

‘Evolution; the triumph of an idea’

http://agricola.nal.usda.gov/   NAT. AGRICULTURE LIBRARY

www.alanwood.net/pesticides  PESTICIDE COMMON NAMES & ISO


www.belleonline.com BIOLOGICAL EFFECTS LOW LEVEL EXPOSURE + Newsletter

www.beyondpesticides.org/gateway  PESTICIDES

www.bris.ac.uk/Depts/Chemistry/MOTM/motm.htm MOLECULE of MONTH  #

www.cbwinfo.com/ CB WARFARE

www.ccohs.ca/ CANADA OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH inc. Databases & Links

www.cdc.gov/ DISEASE CONTROL inc./NIOSH databases & Environmental health /NCEH

http://cfpub.epa.gov/ecotox/  - ECOTOX(ICOLOGY) DATABASES


www.chemfinder.com/ CHEMICALS by C.A.S., formula, etc.(ChemBioFinder)

www.rsc.org/periodic-table - PERIODIC TABLE + Alchemy

www.chem.unep.ch/chemicals  - U.N.ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME inc. IRPTC

“Arsenic is indelible, indestructible; in whatsoever way it is absorbed it will be found again in the body of the victim from the moment when it has been taken in sufficient quantity to cause death.”

      Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)

           ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’

http://www.chemweb.com/  CHEMWEB

www.coeh.man.ac.uk/ - OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH  + links

www.commonchemistry.org/  7.8K CHEMICALS (+ structures, synonyms, RN)

www.corrosion-doctors.org/  TOXIC ELEMENTS

www.dartmouth.edu/~toxmetal - TOXIC METALS #

http://database.healthandenvironment.org/  ENVIRONMENTAL DISEASES

www.dioxinfacts.org  DIOXIN

www.echemportal.org/  METASEARCH – 30+ DATABASES #

“Apparently, my body is home to toxic chemicals used to make insecticides, electrical cables, fluorescent lamps, and even automobile engine oil, despite the fact that I tasked my husband with handling the car oil years ago.”

  Louise Slaughter (1929-) U.S.


http://esis.jrc.ec.europa.eu/    EUROPEAN CHEMICAL INFO.SYSTEM

www.epa.gov ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY + Integrated Risk Info. /IRIS

www.eurotox.com - EUROTOX inc. Links

www.expasy.ch/ - PROTEOMICS SERVER  & Metabolic Pathways #

http://extoxnet.orst.edu/ EXTOXNET (pesticides)

www.fda.gov/  FOOD & DRUG ADMINISTRATION  inc.food additives

www.furetox.fr/  METASEARCH – 19 DATABASES – chronic & carcinogenic #

http://hazard.com/msds MANUFACTURERS & LINKS

“Getting information off the internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant.”

                    Mitchell Kapor


www.hpa.org.uk/ HEALTH PROTECTION AGENCY inc.Chemical Hazards

http://hpd.nlm.nih.gov/   HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS

www.hse.gov.uk/ - HEALTH & SAFETY EXEC. Inc. links, COSHH, Asbestos

GAS!GAS! Quick,boys!—An ecstasy of fumbling,

Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time,

But someone still was yelling out and stumbling

And flound’ring like a man in fire or lime.-

Dim through the misty panes and thick green light,

As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.

In all my dreams before my helpless sight

He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

If in some smothering dreams, you too could pace

Behind the wagon that we flung him in,

And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,

His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin,

If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood

Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,

Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud

Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,-

My friend you would not tell with such high zest

To children ardent for some desperate glory,

The old Lie: Dulce et Decorum est

Pro patria mori.

                           Wilfred Owen (1893-1918)


www.ilo.org/public/english -  INT.OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY & HEALTH INFO.CENTRE

www.ilpi.com/msds 85 MSDS SOURCES   (>MSDSONLINE)

www.inchem.org/pages/search  SAFETY INFO. On CHEMICALS

www.insilicofirst.com  COMPUTATIONAL TOXICOLOGY

www.internetchemistry.com  CHEMISTRY LIBRARY

www.intox.org POISON CENTRES (Worldwide) (redirects)

www.msdssearch.com/ 1m. MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEETS (& news)

www.noblis.org/  CHEMICAL WARFARE etc.

http://npic.orst.edu/  PESTICIDE INFO. CENTER

www.nsc.org - NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIL inc. Environment /ehc.htm




www.oshweb.com/  OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY & HEALTH + Links


www.pesticides.gov.uk/  PESTICIDE SAFETY (inc. banned)

“Cocaine habit forming? Of course not. I ought to know, I’ve been using it for years.”

                                             Tallulah Bankhead

www.pesticideinfo.org/ - PESTICIDE DATABASE

http://rais.ornl.gov/  RISK ASSESSMENT INFO.SYSTEM 

www.riskworld.com - RISKWORLD inc. News

www.science.gov/  METASEARCH – 60+ DATABASES #

“She proceeds to dip her little fountain-pen filler into pots of oily venom and to squirt this mixture at all her friends.”

   Harold Nicholson (1886-1968) British

                                    Diplomat  (30)

http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/chemical.html N.L.M. CHEMICAL INFORMATION PAGE  #

www.iubmb-Nicholson.org/   METABOLIC MAPS

www.tera.org/iter  TOXICOLOGY EXCELLENCE for RISK ASSESSMENT + link library

http://ull.chemistry.uakron.edu/erd/ - HAZARDOUS CHEMICAL DATABASE – 2.6K

“Medicines are only fit for old people.”

           Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

www.vnh.org/ NAVAL HOSP. Inc. C.B.warfare

www.warr.com/links.html  COMPUATIONAL CHEMISTRY

www.webelements.com/ PERIODIC TABLE

www.who.int/pcs/ INTN.PROGRAM in CHEMICAL SAFETY + Links

“Alone in the hissing laboratory of his wishes, Mr.Pugh mixes among bad vats and jeroboams, tiptoes through spinneys of murdering herbs, agony dancing in his crucibles, and mixes especially for Mrs.Pugh a venomous porridge unknown to toxicologists which will scald and viper through her until her ears fall off like figs, her toes grow big and black as balloons, and steam comes screaming out of her navel.”

                              Dylan Thomas (1914-1953)

                                    ‘Under Milk Wood’

www.worldwildlife.org/toxics - WILDLIFE - pollutants, pesticides, endocrine


POISONING inc.clinical, forensic, historical TOP


http://actox.org  AMERICAN COLLEGE of TOXICOLOGY + Links

http://acmt.net/  -  inc. Toxicology in the News, Links, and Journal

http://adam.about.com/encyclopedia/poisidxa.htm - POISONS A-Z

www.answers.com/poison - POISON DEFINITIONS etc.

“Tobacco, coffee, alcohol, prussic acid, strychnine, are weak dilutions; the surest poison is time.”

          Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

                          ‘Society and Solitude’

http://hardinmd.lib.uiowa.edu/tox.html  HARDIN METADIRECTORY

www.asmalldoseof.org/ - TOXICOLOGY #

http://emedicine.com/emerg/TOXICOLOGY.htm CHEMICALS, PLANTS & DRUGS


www.eurotox.com/ EUROPEAN TOXICOLOGISTS + Links

“It takes just a little poison to spoil all the milk”

     Indonesian proverb, quoted in National

                         Geographic October 2009

www.euthanasia.cc - EXIT Society + Links


www.gifte.de/index.htm POISONS (German + links)  #

www.giftinfo.uni-mainz.de/   MAINZ P.C. -drugs,fungi,plants,links

www.hpa.org.uk/  HEALTH PROTECTION AGENCY (inc. poisons & chemicals)

“Cured yesterday of my disease, I died last night of my physician.”

             Matthew Prior (1664-1721) Poet

www.hypertox.com TOXICOLOGY programs

www.ivis.org/advances/Beasley  INT.VETERINARY INFO.SERVICE  N=e-mail ; P=e….


www.meb.uni-bonn.de/giftzentrale/index.html BONN P.C. (--English; inc.fungi, plants)

Lady Astor: “Winston, if I were your wife, I’d put poison in your coffee.”

Churchill: “Nancy, if I were your husband, I’d drink it.”

www.medtox.org.uk/  MEDICAL TOXICOLOGY UNIT + links

www.merck.com/mmpe/sec21.html   DRUGS & CHEMICALS  #

www.merckvetmanual.com/  VETERINARY MANUAL inc. Toxicology

www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/poisoning.html POISONING + links

On learning that coffee was considered to be a slow poison….”.I think that it must be so for I have been drinking it for 65 years and I am not dead yet.”

                         Voltaire (1694-1778)

                           French Philosopher


www.physpharm.fmd.uwo.ca/www/resource.html  PHARMTOX (P&T resources)

www.poison.org/ WASHINGTON P.C.-links,pearls,plants

http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/enviro/envirohealthlinks.html   N.L.M. (Toxicology Links)

www.soft-tox.org/   inc. TOX-TALK ARCHIVE 1975-

www.thepoisonreview.com  -  THE POISON REVIEW ##

“…what is food for one can be bitter poison for others. ….hellebore is a dire poison to us, but it fattens goats and quails”

            Lucretius – De rerum natura

www.topix.net/med/toxicology  TOXICOLOGY NEWS

www.toxbase.org  TOXBASE  (register)  #

www.toxi.ch/  ZURICH P.C. (Pubmed, Egora, Links)

www.toxicology.org/  SOC. OF TOXICOLOGY

www.toxindex.com  TOXICOLOGY PORTAL

www.toxinfo.org/ MUNICH P.C. (INC.ANIMALS & FUNGI)

“She had never forgotten that,if you drink much from a bottle marked ‘poison’, it is almost certain to disagree with you, sooner or later.”

     Lewis Carroll – Alice in Wonderland

http://www.toxinology.org/  INT.SOCIETY in TOXINOLOGY

www.toxinz.com N.Z.POISON DATABASE (first-aid is free)  #

www.toxipedia.org/  inc. TOXICOLOGY HISTORY & MITHRIDATE MAG.


http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/ TOXNET (8 files)  #

“Books boot instantly, and have a very high contrast/high resolution display; they offer fast random access to any page, with instant visuals and tactile feedback; they are easily annotated with no need for batteries or maintenance; finally, they are robustly packaged. By contrast, the laptop meets none of these specifications…the only disadvantage of books is that they convey static information, whilst computers give changing information.”

Neil Gershenfeld ‘When things start to think’                                      (40)

www.uic.edu/com/er/toxikon/ CASES & DISCUSSIONS etc

http://vpisglobal.com – VETERINARY (£) inc. TOXIC TIMES

www.wikitox.org  TOXICOLOGY CURRICULUM etc.


BOOKS inc.shops, libraries, journals TOP

www.abebooks.co.uk U.K.BOOKDEALERS  #

www.abebooks.com U.S. BOOKDEALERS

 www.ama-assn.org/ J.A.M.A.

www.amazon.co.uk AMAZON U.K.  #

“A man should keep his little brain attic stocked with all the furniture that he is likely to use, and the rest he can put away in the lumber-room of his library, where he can get it if he wants it.”

     Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)

              ‘Five orange pips’

www.amazon.com AMAZON BOOKSHOP

www.biomedcentral.com/ - BIOMED – Open Access Journals

www.bl.uk BRITISH LIBRARY (inc.catalogues)


www.bookbrain.co.uk  -  BOOK PRICES

www.booksinprint.com/bip/ - BOWKER BOOKS IN PRINT (Global)

http://catalog.loc.gov/ L.O.C.catalogue

“No, no, go not to Lethe, neither twist

   Wolf’s-bane, tight rooted, for its

     poisonous wine.”

                      John Keats (1795-1821)

                            ‘Ode on melancholy’

www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk  CHEMIST & DRUGGIST

http://direct.bl.uk/ -BRITISH LIBRARY DIRECT – search 9m articles

www.lcweb.loc.gov LIBRARY of CONGRESS (keyword or number)

www.librarything.com  SOCIAL BOOK CATALOGUE  N= z.. P= e..

http://library.wellcome.ac.uk/ - WELLCOME MEDICAL LIBRARY

“And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh.”

      Ecclesiastes 12:  12

www.nature.com NATURE inc. science update daily



www.rpharms.com/our-library/e-library.asp - PHARM.SOC. CATALOGUE & E-BOOKS

“Medicine sometimes snatches away health, sometime give it.”

                     Ovid (43 B.C.-17 A.D.)


http://search.loc.gov/ L.O.C.search

www.thelancet.com/ THE LANCET

www.ukbookworld.com BOOKS FOR SALE

“You can’t expect to hit the jackpot if you don’t put a few nickels in the machine.”

                                            Flip Wilson, 1971

(or the search engine)

http://vlib.org/ WWW VIRTUAL LIBRARY

www.vlib.org.uk/ VIRTUAL LIBRARY (mirror site)




Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.”

                                  Samuel Johnson, 1744

SEARCH inc.engines, directories TOP

www.a9.com - AMAZON SEARCH ENGINE – inc. images ‘poison’ 2.3m

www.altavista.com ALTAVISTA (search engine) (à Yahoo)

http://uk.ask.com/  SEARCH ENGINE

“Using a browser is not the same as ‘productively navigating the Web’. Even the non-linear, videogame generation becomes quickly frustrated and stymied…the Web is not a library…A library contains comprehensive collections of information resources. While the Web contains collections, there is no guarantee of comprehensiveness, of systematically covering the human record. A library is a purposely and purposefully constructed organization: but, by design, the same cannot be said of the Web”

                         Solloway & Wallace - 1997

http://clusty.com/  CLUSTERING SEARCH ENGINE

www.dogpile.com DOGPILE (metasearch)

http://en.wikipedia.org/   WIKIPEDIA ENCYCLOPEDIA

www.exalead.co.uk   French SEARCH ENGINE  4 bn. pages

www.gigablast.com/ SEARCH ENGINE 640M pages

www.google.co..uk GOOGLE (search engine)  #

www.healthnet.co.uk HEALTHNET (health directory)

www.intute.ac.uk/resources.html    INTUTE (Archived)

www.ixquick.com  METASEARCH ENGINE #

www.kartoo.com/  KNOWHOW Search Engine

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

Arthur C.Clarke,Profiles of the future,1962


www.mamma.com/  METASEARCH inc.Health

www.metacrawler.com METACRAWLER (metasearch)

“Books, after all, seem wonderful acts of evolved design, which have barely changed in shape or size during the past three centuries, and for good reason. Books generally depend on a line of some four or five inches long, a convenient length for the human size of skull, since it means the eye can scan from left to right without the neck moving. Try reading text only a little wider, say eight or nine inches, and you will literally feel the difference. But book design needs clean, white paper of relatively high quality and a relatively small area to be easily readable. Again, if you doubt this, try reading one of those very cheaply produced modern classics editions on greyish paper with an unusually small type size. It is just more tiring.”

              Andrew Marr – 2004 – ‘My Trade’

www.mrsapo.com/  MULTISEARCH

http://news.google.com  NEWS AGGREGATOR

http://news.yahoo.com  NEWS AGGREGATOR


http://pubcrawler.gen.tcd.ie/  PUBCRAWLER (G.P. directory & search)

http://pubmed.hakia.com   PUBMED SEMANTIC SEARCH

www.refdesk.com REFERENCE DESK (facts directory)

www.science.gov/   CLUSTERING FEDERATED SEARCH (55 databases)

www.scienceresearch.com   FEDERATED SEARCH ENGINE

www.scirus.com SCIENCE SEARCH  (Closing)

www.search.com SEARCH (500+ engines)

www.searchmedica.co.uk/  G.P. SEARCH ENGINE (register)

http://toxseek.nlm.nih.gov/ - METASEARCH (discont. 23/3/2012)

“I firmly believe that if the whole materia medica could be sunk to the bottom of the sea, it would be all the better for mankind and all the worse for the fishes.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)

www.webfetchpro.co.uk  METASEARCH ENGINE (àZOO)

www.yahoo.com YAHOO (search directory)


PHARMACY inc. health, medicine TOP

http://besthealth.bmj.com - from B.M.J.for laymen

“A physician is one who pours drugs of which he knows little into a body of which he knows less.”

                        Voltaire (1694-1778)

www.bnf.org/bnf   N.H.S. etc. links

https://www.cas.dh.gov.uk/  CENTRAL ALERTING SYSTEM of NHS

www.cnn.com CNN NEWS inc. Science & Health

www.cochrane.org/ - COCHRANE COLLABORATION – Reviews etc

“There are old mushroom hunters, and bold mushroom hunters, but no old, bold mushroom hunters.”


www.dh.gov.uk/ - DEPT. OF HEALTH – Publications etc.

www.ebi.ac.uk  BIOINFORMATICS INSTITUTE  inc.UNIPROT  /chebi  Biological chemicals

www.freece.com/  ONLINE HEALTH EDUCATION (U.S.) (Register)

www.healthnet.co.uk HEALTHNET (Portal)

www.intute.ac.uk/healthandlifesciences/  OMNI (Directory) (Archived)

“The computer allows you to make mistakes faster than any other invention, with the possible exception of handguns and tequila.”

  Mitch Ratcliffe - Journalist

www.library.nhs.uk  NAT.ELECTRONIC LIBRARY for HEALTH + Links # (àNICE)

www.martindalecenter.com/Pharmacy.html  PHARMACY & TOXICOLOGY DIRECTORY

www.medicine.ox.ac.uk/bandolier  BANDOLEIR – E.B.M. & Pain site

www.medicines.org.uk/emc  - MEDICINES COMPENDIUM etc..

www.medscape.com/ MEDSCAPE

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov  BIOTECHNOLOGY INFORMATION  /entrez – Search Engine

“Poisons and medicine are oftentimes the same substance, given with different intents.”

   Peter Mere Latham, physician (1789-1875)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/ B.B.C. NEWS inc.Science & Health

www.nice.org.uk/ NAT.INST.CLINICAL EXCELLENCE inc.guidelines



“Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.”

  Jacques Cousteau (1910-1997) French


www.pharmacist.com/ - inc. NEW DRUGS

www.pharmacy.org/ - WWW VIRTUAL LIBRARY inc.Journals, Databases, Links

www.pjonline.com/ - PHARMACEUTICAL JOURNAL + Links etc.

www.rcsb.org/pdb  PROTEIN DATA BANK

www.reutershealth.com/ MEDICAL NEWS

“This fact, that lead poisoning is brought about far more rapidly and intensely by the breathing of lead-laden air than by the swallowing of lead, is of the greatest practical importance.”

  Alice Hamilton (1869-1970) U.S.



www.shef.ac.uk/scharr/sections/ir/links  E.B.M. GUIDANCE etc.

www.sign.ac.uk/  MEDICAL GUIDELINES

www.telemedicine.org - DERMATOLOGY inc. textbook & phytophotodermatitis

www.tripdatabase.com/ MEDICAL DATABASE (Five free/week)

www.ukmi.nhs.uk/ DRUG INFO. CENTRES + Guidelines, Links, etc.

“You can be a famous poisoner or a successful poisoner, but not both, and the same seems to apply to Great Train Robbers.”

            Clive Anderson (1952-) Entertainer

www.wisdomnet.co.uk  N.H.S. TRAINING (inc. E.B.M.)





“A poison in a small dose is a medicine, and a medicine in a large dose is a poison”

                Alfred Swaine Taylor (1866-1880)

                                      English toxicologist


“But no one has ever been able to tame the tongue. It is evil and uncontrollable, full of deadly poison.”                                           Letter of James ch.3, verse 8




‘The rules of Gaia are that organisms that adversely affect their environment do not survive long. We humans would do well to remember this.’

                                                                              James Lovelock – 2005

                                                            Gaia;medicine for an ailing planet’


‘Let a man avoid evil deeds as a man who loves life avoids poison’    Buddha




“I cannot see her tonight,

  I have to give her up

  So I will eat fugu.”

    Haiku by Yosa Buson



‘Books have remained consistently lovable for several hundred years now. For readers, a wall lined with books is as attractive as any art we could afford to put up there. The advantages of the iLiad and the Kindle [e-books], that you can take vast numbers of books away with you – are of no interest to the average book-buyer.         Nick Hornby – 2008 - Journalist




“There is thy gold, worse poison to men’s souls, doing more murders in this loathsome world, than these poor compounds that thou mayest not sell.”

                      Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet


Many imagine that plant life has somehow evolved so as to be our perfect food. It is surprising how few seem aware that plants dislike being eaten and will go to extraordinary lengths to deter [garlic], disable [capers] or even kill [castor seed, yew] any animal or invertebrate trying to eat them.


Modern media is less reliable for long-term storage than is the spoken word. It needs the support of a high technology that we cannot take for granted [in a global catastrophe]. What we need is a book written on durable paper with long-lasting print.

                                                 James Lovelock (2006)’The revenge of Gaia’





“Malice sucks up the greater part of her own venom, and poisons herself.”

                                  Michel de Montaigne



“All mushrooms can be eaten, but some only once”

                  Quoted by R.Bevan-Jones (2009) in his

      ‘Poisonous plants;a cultural and social history’

                          as a widespread European maxim.


“Anyone can become a toxicologist in two easy lessons, each of which takes ten years.”

      Attributed to A.J.Lehman (1900-1979) an

                   F.D.A. Regulatory Toxicologist




‘Anyone can commit a murder but it takes an artist to commit a suicide’          

                                 slogan of the KGB assassination squad, quoted by Norman Baker MP in his book (2007) ‘The strange death of David Kelly’


a custom loathsome to the eye, hateful to the nose, harmfull to the braine, dangerous to the lungs,and in the blacke stinking fume thereof, nearest resembling the horrible Stigian smoke of the pit that is bottomelesse.”

                        King James I (1604)

                     Counterblaste to tobacco’



‘Obsession is the price for perfection’

              Warren Buffett (2009) ‘Management secrets’



“I wish I could think of just one nice thing I could tell you about Hull. Oh yes…it’s very nice and flat for cycling.”

                                        Philip Larkin

  Poet and University of Hull librarian


“Knowledge is the small part of ignorance that we arrange and classify”

                                        Ambrose Bierce


“Of all forms by which human nature may be overcome, the most detestable is that of poison, because it can of all others be the least prevented by manhood or forethought.”

                        Mr.Justice Avory (1924)



“Biologically speaking, if something bites you, it’s more likely to be female.”

                               Desmond Morris


‘Fie on these dealers in poison, say I; can they not keep to the old honest way of cutting throats, without introducing such abominable innovations from  Italy?’                               De Quincey (1827)                   

                                           ‘On murder as one of the fine arts’


“If there is a thing I truly despise, it is being addressed as ‘dearie’.When I write my magnum opus,’A treatise upon all poisons’ and come to ‘Cyanide’ I am going to put under ‘Uses’ the phrase ‘particularly efficacious in the cure of those who call one ‘dearie

                        Alan Bradley – The sweetness at the

                                                   bottom of the pie’


BELLADONNA (n.) in Italian a beautiful lady, in English a deadly poison; a striking example of the essential identity of the two tongues.

                   Ambrose Bierse – ‘The unabridged 

                            devil’s                                              dictionary.’


“An unhappy woman with access to weed killer had to be watched carefully.”  

                 James Ruddick – ‘Death at the priory                        ;love, sex and murder in Victorian    England’


“Of all the felonies murder is the most horrible; of all murders poisoning is the most detestable, and of all poisonings the lingering is the worst.”                     Lord Chief Justice Edward Coke



Scarily,cadmium is not even the worst poison among the elements. It sits above mercury, a neurotoxin. And to the right of mercury sit the most horrific mug shots on the periodic table – thallium, lead and polonium – the nucleus of poisoner’s corridor.”

                 Sam Kean – ‘The disappearing spoon and other true tales                                  of  madness, love and the history of the world

                                        from  the periodic table of the elements.’


“If there is no wound in your hand

You can carry poison in your hand

Poison does not attack one who is unwounded

There is no evil for one who does not do evil”

                   Anonymous – ‘The dhammapada


“Consider the book. It has extraordinary staying power. It has proven to be a marvellous machine – great for packaging information, convenient to thumb through, comfortable to curl up with, superb for storage, and remarkably resistant to damage. It does not need to be downloaded, accessed or booted, plugged into circuits, or extracted from webs. Its design makes it a delight to the eye. Its shape makes it a pleasure to hold in the hand. And its handiness has made it the basic tool of learning for thousands of years.”  

“…the codex is superior in some ways to the computer. You can leaf through it, annotate it, take it to bed, and store it conveniently on a shelf.”

“Nothing preserves texts better than ink imbedded in paper, especially paper manufactured before the nineteenth century, except texts written in parchment or engraved in stone. The best preservation system ever invented was the old-fashioned, pre-modern book.”

                                   Robert Darnton, director of the Harvard  University Library, in ‘The Case for Books’ (2009)


‘Like Amazon and Apple, Google sees books as a means to an end – in this giving its search engine access to more information. “Probably the highest quality knowledge is captured in books” Sergey Brin said.’

                                                                                Levine (2011) ‘Free ride’


“Expect poison from the 

         standing water.”

                  William Blake


“The most technologically efficient machine

   that man ever invented is the book.”

                                                Northrop Frye