Back to the roots of modern analytical toxicology: Jean Servais Stas and the Bocarmé murder case.

  title={Back to the roots of modern analytical toxicology: Jean Servais Stas and the Bocarm{\'e} murder case.},
  author={Robert Wennig},
  journal={Drug testing and analysis},
  volume={1 4},
  • R. Wennig
  • Published 1 April 2009
  • Medicine
  • Drug testing and analysis
In 1850 the Belgian Count Hypolyte Visart de Bocarmé was accused of having killed his brother-in-law Gustave Fougnies by poisoning with nicotine. Bocarmé had isolated nicotine from tobacco leaves (Nicotiana tabacum). J. S. Stas (1813-1891) was committed expert and managed to convince the poisoner. He was the first scientist to deproteinize organ tissues by alcohol and could successfully identify nicotine after diethyl ether extraction from the victim's organs. During court trial this… 
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