ietsnut / Meaning in Medicine/Poison
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My rare Mediterranean chronic sickness, Behçet’s disease, is primarily treated with Colchicine. While mostly invisible to the naked eye, as it affects auto-immune functions. My primary medication, Colchicine, was FDA approved in 2009 and is now widely used. In this essay various connections between different branches of science will be made to make the invisible visible. Interdisciplinary connections can provide new perspective. We depart from Colchicum autumnale, commonly known as autumn crocus, a toxic flowering plant containing colchicine. We arrive with the knowledge that medicine has an intrinsic meaning precisely because of poison. The therapeutic window between life (medicine) and death (poison) is a linear process, a gradient instead of a threshold. While we cannot determine a lethal dose with empiricism alone, creative abduction in combination with science may provide new insights and recognizable patterns.