April 11th, 2012

Modified Poisons?

Hiya, I'm writing a fanfic of Lewis set in Oxford, England nowadays, well in about 8 years time but that counts as nowadays in my book.

Basically, what I want to know, is; Is it possible to manufacture or modify a poison so that it only effects and damages certain parts of the body.

The scenario is that the younger character has upset some people, and as a result, they want to kidnap his son. Unfortunately for them, he's there (along with his boss) when they attempt it. After he attacks them, they jab a needle in him (or a cloth over his mouth/some other method of getting poison in), which is filled with said poison. I want it to be hard for him to breathe and for him to experience paralysis. Preferably, the paralysis is only in his legs/abdomen. But if that's not possible and it has to be everywhere, then that's ok too. He has to be able to eventually recover, and medical help with be at hand soon. 

What I'm asking really; Is it possible for someone (with chemical know-how and stuff) to manufacture this, is it even possible to manufacture a poison like that?

And if it isn't, does anyone know of a poison that does this? I have looked at cyanide, but it has a whole host of other problems that aren't really helpful.

Search Terms used: poison that causes paralysis and difficulty breathing / possibility of manufacturing target specific poisons / cyanide poisoning / paralysis and lung problems due to poisoning.

Than you in advance :D
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Puritan Bible in 1720 (ish)

My character is a Puritan girl living in New England in the early 1700s.  As a good Puritan, she reads her Bible religiously (humor, har), and I want to quote a few sections that are personally meaningful to her.  So the question is, what Bible would she be reading?  It looks like either the Geneva Bible or the King James Bible, but I'm not sure.  The Geneva Bible seems to have been the primary Bible for Puritans in the 1600s, but its last printing was in the 1640s; would it still be read by 1720?

I've Googled history of the Bible, Puritan Bible, Cotton Mather Bible, Bible 1700, and various combinations of those.  I got really excited when I saw "Biblia Americana" pop up, but that's really not what I'm looking for.  I also looked at the Wikipedia entries on Cotton Mather, Puritans, Geneva Bible, and the KJV, but I might have missed the info.  Googling "King James Bible vs Geneva Bible" gets me a ton of sites wanting to tell me why one is better than the other.  Adding "Puritan" and/or "1700" doesn't help.

So, KJV, Geneva, or flip a coin and run with it?