Reference numberAP/38/27
TitleLetter, 'On the detection of strychnia by the formation of iodostrychnine' from William Bird Herapath to George Gabriel Stokes
Date7 June 1856
DescriptionHerapath asks Stokes to announce to the Royal Society that he has 'been engaged during some time past in the application of [his] discovery of the optical properties of iodostrychnia to the detection of this alkaloid in medico-legal inquiries'. He find it possible to recognize the 10,000th part of a grain of strychnia in pure solutions by his method, even when experimenting on very minute quantities.

Subject: Chemistry

Received and read 12 June 1856. Communicated by Stokes.

This letter was published in full in volume 8 of the Proceedings of the Royal Society as 'Letter from Dr. W. Bird Herapath to Professor Stokes, “On the detection of strychnia by the formation of iodostrychnia.” Communicated by Professor Stokes, Sec. R. S'.
Physical descriptionInk on paper
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Related materialDOI: 10.1098/rspl.1856.0042
Fellows associated with this archive
NA7695Herapath; William Bird (1820 - 1868); surgeon1820 - 1868
NA8283Stokes; Sir; George Gabriel (1819 - 1903)1819 - 1903
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