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Spanish Mateo ORFILA

born Mateu Josep Bonaventura ORFILA

Spanish toxicologist and chemist

Source :  Robert GRECO

Born: on April 24, 1787 in Mahón, Minorque, Spain
Died: on March 12, 1853 in Paris, France


If there is reason to believe that a murder or attempted murder may have been committed using poison, a forensic toxicologist is often brought in to examine pieces of evidence such as corpses and food items for poison content. In Orfila's time the primary type of poison in use was arsenic, but there were no reliable ways of testing for its presence.

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