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2012 THA abstracts

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THA Abstract Submission - Instructions for Authors

1. If possible abstracts should be in 12-point Times New Roman font.
2. Abstracts must contain a title, the names of all authors and their affiliations.
3. Text of abstract (excluding title, authors and affiliations) can be no more than 200 words.
4. Indicate whether you prefer platform or poster presentation.
5. Send all abstracts, as Word files, to Phil Wexler (
6. Deadline for submission, October 15th, 2012.
7. All presenting authors must register on or before October 15th, 2012 at

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Historical Milestones and Discoveries Which Shaped the Toxicology Sciences
Steven G. Gilbert1 and Antoinette Hayes2
1Institute of Neurotoxicology and Neurological Disorders and 2Northeastern University

Knowledge of the toxic and healing properties of plants, animals, and minerals has shaped civilization for millennia. The foundations of modern toxicology are built upon the significant milestones and discoveries of serendipity and crude experimentation. Throughout the ages, toxicological science has provided information that has shaped and guided society. This poster presentation examines the development of the discipline of toxicology and its influence on civilization by highlighting significant milestones and discoveries related to toxicology. The examples shed light on the beginnings of toxicology, as well as examine lessons learned and re-learned. This project is also an effort to examine how toxicology and the toxicologist have interacted with other scientific and cultural disciplines, including religion, politics, and the government. Toxicology has evolved to a true scientific discipline with its own dedicated scientists, educational institutes, sub-disciplines, professional societies, and journals. It now stands as its own entity while traversing such fields as chemistry, physiology, and pharmacology. We invite you to join us on a path of discovery and to offer your suggestions as to what are the most significant milestones and discoveries in toxicology. An interactive version of the poster is available at

Richard Mead, MD
Steven A. Seifert, MD, FAACT, FACMT
University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque, NM, USA.

Dr. Richard Mead was a major figure in the development of medical toxicology. He wrote the first book in the English language devoted solely to poisoning and envenomation; encouraged the work of others; advocated for the poor and disadvantaged; and advanced medicine as a scientific discipline, subject to natural laws, determinable by experiment and capable of reassessment and improvement. He was born August 11, 1673 in Stepney, England, now part of modern-day London. Mead studied medicine in Leiden and was awarded his M.D. on August 26, 1697. He then returned to London, where he established a successful medical practice. In 1702, he published “A Mechanical Account of Poisons in Several Essays.” It was an immediate success and catapulted Mead to prominence. The gift from John Radcliffe of his gold-headed cane in 1714 anointed Mead as the preeminent physician of his era and the gold-headed cane became a symbol of medical excellence. At one time or another, Mead was a governor of six of the major hospitals in London and also helped establish the Foundling hospital, to care for indigent children. Mead treated many of that era’s most prominent individuals and, in 1727, he became the personal physician to King George II. He died on February 16, 1754 at the age of 81 and was buried in the Temple Church, with a monument erected in Westminster Abbey. His life can be summed up with his self-chosen motto: Non sibi sed toti (“Not for one’s self but for all”).

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