arantzain (arantzain) wrote in little_details,
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Brief, subcutaneous exposure to cinnabar

Time Period: Equivalent to the late Roman Empire in terms of technology and medical awareness.

Searched: "cinnabar toxic effects, "mercury toxicity subcutaneous," "mercury toxicity short-term," variations of same.

I've heard of folk being "mad as a hatter" or having the "Danbury shakes," so I know that long-term exposure to mercury fumes significantly impacts neurological functioning.

What I can't tell is how much neurological damage (if any) would be caused by the short-term introduction of powdered cinnabar to the bloodstream. This will occur in the context of a scarification ritual --as here.

Thank you!
Tags: ~medicine: poisoning
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