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Poisoning In Medical Settings

Poisoning is the intentional or unintentional introduction of a substance that causes physiological injury to the body by its chemical action. The route of entry into the body can be ingestion, inhalation, injection, or absorption. Because any substance introduced in sufficient quantities can be poisonous, poisoning more often implies the inappropriate usage of a substance in an appropriate or excessive degree of dosage.

The commitment of the medical profession is to preserve, restore, and promote optimal physiological and emotional functioning in their individual clients; however, serial murderers are well-known in the medical profession. “Arguably, medicine has thrown up more serial killers than all other professions put together” (Kinnel, 2000). Consider the health care provider who intentionally administers a substance with the intended outcome being homicide.

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