Turpentine, although sometimes administered in large doses without any bad effects, may also become a poison when given in excess.


The effects of a poisonous dose of turpentine are intoxication and those more generally described under the head of narcotic poisoning. (See Opium.)


Mucilaginous drinks, eggs, milk and barley-water, and a saline purgative.

Pain may be relieved by poultices over the loins, and some of the irritant effects upon the kidneys mitigated by belladonna. (See Cantharides.)

Spanish Fly (Cantharis vesicatoria).

Fig. 457. - Spanish-Fly (Cantharis vesicatoria).

1, Fully-developed insect. 2, Larva, much magnified. The measuring line at side shows natural size.