A comparative study of five fatal cases of Taxus poisoning

@article{Pietsch2006ACS,
  title={A comparative study of five fatal cases of Taxus poisoning},
  author={J{\"o}rg Pietsch and Katharina Schulz and Ulrike Schmidt and Hilke Andresen and Bernd Schwarze and J. Dreβler},
  journal={International Journal of Legal Medicine},
  year={2006},
  volume={121},
  pages={417-422}
}
The study presents five fatal cases of poisoning with Taxus spp., all of which were suicides of young people aged between 16 and 26 years. Yew leaves were consumed in four fatalities, whereas a mash from Taxus was ingested in one case. No relevant concentrations of alcohol, narcotic drugs, and pharmaceuticals were determined in postmortem toxicological screening. At forensic autopsy, a widely dilated pupil was found in two decedents. Furthermore, autopsy showed unspecific findings of… CONTINUE READING
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