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James Maybrick It should really be called the Maybrick Dairy; where else would you expect to find a cash cow being milked?

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Old December 26th, 2017, 11:06 AM   #1
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Default It was the Potassium all along....

I should state that I don't agree with these conclusions, but acknowledge that things like potassium iodate had their pros and cons. They were further weapons used by doctors to treat patients with syphilis, besides the usual heavy metals like strychnine and arsenic. The Victorians believed things like potassium iodate would amplify the potency of mercury or arsenic if patients had developed tolerance.

But I digress. From Shirley Harrison's book:

"In December 1994, Nick Warren, a practising surgeon and editor of Ripperologist, wrote an article for the journal Criminologist. He suggested that Maybrick was not a victim of arsenic poisoning at all. His theory is that the ‘irritant poison’ which killed him was potassium.

‘All James Maybrick’s terminal symptoms can be attributed to the excessive ingestion of potassium. Administered by the oral route, this poison causes asthesia (weakness), mental confusion, hypotension (tingling in the extremities), dyspepsia, diarrhoea and vomiting with ultimate cardiac arrest. The features which would be manifest in a post-mortem examination were all present in this case — redness, haemorrhage or frank ulceration of the upper gastro-intestinal tract from the gullet to the small bowel.’

Mr Warren recalled that Maybrick had indeed taken a very large dose of potassium salts by mouth. He took hydrate of potash on a regular basis (probably potassium bicarbonate). He had also drunk a bottle of anaphrodisiac potassium bromide in half the time prescribed and in his last few days was also prescribed the favourite Victorian remedy, Fowler’s Solution — a mixture of arsenic and potassium carbonate.

It was Florie’s innocent compliance with doctors’ orders that may well, says Mr Warren, have provided the coup de grâce. ‘It is quite clear that the correct verdict at the inquest into James Maybrick’s death should have been one of “Misadventure”.’
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Id wager a wombat to a dingo that one could fit the symptoms of half a dozen metallic toxins into the cornucopia of symptoms displayed by Maybrick.

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Id wager a wombat to a dingo that one could fit the symptoms of half a dozen metallic toxins into the cornucopia of symptoms displayed by Maybrick.

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Well that would be a bet you would win because during 1888/1889 doctors prescribed almost all of them for him!
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