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Original scientific paper

POISONS AND POISONING IN THE REPUBLIC OF DUBROVNIK

Zdravko Šundrica


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Abstract

Dubrovnik authorities occasionally resorted to poisoning as a means of resolving state affairs. A number of the Republic’s enemies and undesirable prisoners were removed or suspected to have been eliminated by poisoning. Poison was used as a protective measure in times of war, when the Ragusans contaminated the water tanks in the area. Dubrovnik archives reveal a variety of poisoning cases among Ragusan citizens over the centuries, only to prove that, if uncommon, this method was not looked upon as the most popular one. This article discusses the government regulations governing the storage and safe-keeping of poisons in the Dubrovnik Republic, types of poisons and their origin, toxicology from the perspective of contemporary medical practice, and antidotal therapy.

Keywords

Dubrovnik, state interest, crime, medicine, toxicology, poison

Hrčak ID:

8323

URI

https://hrcak.srce.hr/8323

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