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Biographical entry Mueller, Augustus (c. 1812 - 1888)

Born
c. 1812
Prussia
Died
31 December 1888
Yackandandah, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Medical practitioner

Summary

Augustus Mueller was a medical practitioner in northern Victoria who was convinced of the efficacy of strychnine as an antidote for snakebite in the late1800s. He believed that small doses of strychnine would stimulate the nervous system while being insufficient to cause the death of the patient by poisoning. His treatment gained some acceptance in the general community but was widely condemned in the medical profession. He was received several prizes for his work as a vigneron.

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Campbell, C. H., 'Dr Mueller's strychnine cure for snakebite', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 1968, no. 2, 1968, pp. 1-8. Details

Online Resources

See also

  • Pearn, John and Winkel, Kenneth D., 'Toxinology in Australia's Colonial Era: a Chronology and Perspective of Human Envenomation in 19th Century Australia', Toxicon, vol. 48, no. 7, 2006, pp. 726-737. Details

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