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Anil Aggrawal's Internet Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology

Volume 6, Number 2, July - December 2005

Reviews: Calenders

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VERY IMAGINATIVE

 2006 Deadly Dates Calender - A collection of interesting moments from the history of toxicology - Special on "Poisons on Stamps", by John H. Trestrail III, RPh, FAACT, DABAT
DeVos Children's Hospital Regional Poison Center, 1300 Michigan Street, N.E., Suite 203, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Phone (616)391-9099; E-Mail: john.trestrail@spectrum-health.org. Publication Date 2006. Price - Not Mentioned

2006 Deadly Dates Calender - A collection of interesting moments from the history of toxicology by John H. Trestrail III, RPh, FAACT, DABAT
2006 Deadly Dates Calender - A collection of interesting moments from the history of toxicology by John H. Trestrail III, RPh, FAACT, DABAT (Click to enlarge)

I know of no greater and more ardent toxophile than John Harris Trestrail III. He is the writer of an extremely successful book "Criminal Poisoning" (published by Humana Press), publishes a highly interesting biannual newsletter Mithridata, is an avid collector of poisons and poison books, a great orator and lecturer who trots around the world delivering lectures on homicidal poisoning, travels around the world visiting arcane sites (of course related to toxicology) and most astonishingly designs and publishes calenders completely devoted to poisons! He has been doing this since 2000 and each year he comes out with a thematic calender on poisons.

I first had a chance to correspond with him sometime in 2000. Since then I have been in regular touch with him and not a day has gone by when he has not surprised me with his vast and encyclopedic knowledge on homicidal poisons. I have tried to stump him so many times by asking such weird questions as a list of homicidal poisonings occurring due to toxic toads (sic) between 4th and 11th centuries, but pat comes the answer every time. Incidentally he is also the writer of a very successful quiz book on Poisons, which is now in its second edition.

John H. Trestrail III in his poison museum
John H. Trestrail III in his poison museum (Click to enlarge)

He has been sending his astounding calenders to me every year since 2001. All calenders are called "Deadly dates" calenders and for a good reason. Most dates within the calender remind you of relevant dates related to toxicology. For instance if you open the 2006 calender at month "February", you get to read as many as 16 important and relevant toxicology related incidents that have occurred in the month of February. Sample the following:

Interestingly John keeps changing these dates in each calender. So if you see the February month in, say, 2005 or 2004 calender, you would see entirely different dates and incidents. Which is why these calenders outlive themselves; they are collectors' items.
Some of Trestrail's astounding poison calenders. Click picture to enlarge.

John has been publishing these calenders since 1993 (There were no calenders in 1997 and 1999). He picks up one interesting theme each time he comes out with a calender, each month displaying a rare and impressive picture related to that theme. Thus you get to see twelve thematic pictures in each calender.

S.no.

YEAR

SUBJECT

1

1993

Toxic Ticklers

2

1994

Convention Candids

3

1995

Convention Candids II

4

1996

Convention Candids III

5

1997

NO CALENDAR

6

1998

Snakes

7

1999

NO CALENDAR

8

2000

Marine

9

2001

Desert Animals

10

2002

Frogs

11

2003

Antique Poison Bottles

12

2004

Pioneering Toxicology Books

13

2005

Mushrooms

14

2006

Poisons on Stamps

15

2007

Poisons in Art

Here is a list of all calenders produced by John till date. It also gives the theme for 2007 calender. Watch out for this space for review of this calender.

And John, now we are waiting for the day, when you come out with Greeting cards on toxicology, which we could send one another!

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