Lower esophagus, stomach, and duodenum of poisoning victims
- Top Left:Acute arsenical poisoning. Note the spots where the arsenic ate its way through the tough wall of the stomach. - Top Right:Potassium-cyanide poisoning. Largely hemorrhagic, slimy, contracted stomach. - Second Left:Poisoning with corrosive sublimate. Greyish-green stomach, with lack of bloodflow to local vessels. - Second Right:Concentrated nitric acid poisoning. Extremely rigid, bright green esophagus, pharynx, stomach, and small intestine. - Third Left:Acute carbolic acid poisoning. - Third Right:Subacute carbolic acid poisoning. Note the extreme inflammation as opposed to contracted dead tissue, especially in the esophagus. - Bottom Left:Dilute sulfuric acid poisoning. - Bottom Right:Concentrated sulfuric acid poisoning. Note the appearance of the stomach in the dilute versus concentrated sulfuric acid. The author notes a “firm, cooked” appearance to the concentrated sulfuric acid poisoning, and you can observe the beginnings of that “cooked” appearance in the dilute sulfuric acid poisoning.
Atlas of Legal Medicine. Dr. Eduard von Hofmann, 1898.