Suicidal death after injection of a castor bean extract (Ricinus communis L.).

  title={Suicidal death after injection of a castor bean extract (Ricinus communis L.).},
  author={Vera A. E. Coopman and Marc De Leeuw and J. L. Cordonnier and Werner Jacobs},
  journal={Forensic science international},
  volume={189 1-3},
The castor bean plant (Ricinus communis L.) or wonder tree is cultivated in many countries as an ornamental annual plant in gardens. The highest concentration of the lectin ricin is present in the seeds and pods. Ricin is considered as one of the most toxic natural poisons. Ricinine is a piperidine alkaloidal toxin present in castor bean and is described as a biomarker for the exposure to ricin. A case report is presented of a 49-year-old man who committed suicide by intravenous and… CONTINUE READING
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