Throughout history, humans have always tried to understand the mysterious power of toxins. In doing so, they sometimes discovered healing medicine, and sometimes lethal mixtures. This DVD treats the history and origin of poisons and their use by man. The most common and most dangerous known poisons are introduced. A journey into the body unveils the secrets of the deadly substances and shows how poisons work and why some kill slowly and painfully while others take effect suddenly and unexpectedly. Many plants and fungi produce life-threatening substances. But animal poisons are unparalleled in their effects. These ex- periments of nature also inspired human preparers of poison as well as healers. The most mysterious cases from history and nature could be re-opened. With the help of the new findings, new cures might be developed.