This article is basically the story of the writing process of a booklet on toxicology at the legal medicine department of a faculty of medicine, in early 1980s. With a view to postmodernist considerations; the article depicts which motives may drive an individual in his attempts to realize a scientific activity while it also verifies that scientific interests are of a selective nature and are closely related to personality and former life experiences. The mentioned booklet consists of roughly 80 pages and is an introduction to the science of toxicology. Indeed, the very title is determined as General Toxicology. It contains a definition; a brief history as well as the branches of the discipline like toxicology of medicaments, addiction-producing stuff, poisons regarding foods and food-additives, pesticides, industrial poisoning, ecological poisoning, accidental or random poisoning, military toxicology (even since the fire-arrows of Redskins up to war gases of the two World Wars), toxicology of radiation & finally forensic toxicology. Then come topics like classification & origins of toxins (poison produced by living cells); ways of a poison’s affecting a given organism; actions of poisons within tissues; potency (power) of poisonous substances; protective measures against poison, common remedies.
Legal Medicine; poison; poisonous; toxicology; science; scientific; interest / curiosity.