Life-saving novels

  The works of British detective novelist Agatha Christie are famous for solving mysterious murders. One of the books actually saved lives three times.
  In the novel “White Horse Hotel” published by Christie in 1961, the murderer used a poison called thallium sulfate, which is very toxic and can cause breathing difficulties, slurred speech, fainting, hair loss, and finally death. Of course, the brave and witty detective finally caught the murderer, and this novel has also had a great influence in the real world.
  In 1975, a female reader in Latin America suddenly realized while reading the book that a friend of hers had symptoms very similar to thallium poisoning. She reported to the police in time, and she really saved her friend’s life. It turned out that this friend’s husband poisoned her and tried to murder her slowly.
  A female nurse in London happened to be reading “The White Horse Hotel” while nursing a seriously ill baby girl from Qatar. She noticed that the baby girl lost her hair just like the victim in the novel, and she also knew from the novel that thallium is an added ingredient of a commonly used insecticide in the Middle East. So the female nurse was convinced that she had found the cause of the disease and told the doctor, the baby girl was saved.
  Perhaps the most striking thing is an incident that happened in Britain. In 1971, many residents of a small town in the UK suffered from a strange disease, with symptoms such as dizziness, cramps, and hair loss. After reading the novel “White Horse Hotel”, a local doctor realized that it might not be a disease, but some kind of poison, so he called the police. After investigation, the police finally caught the notorious habitual drug poisoning criminal Graham Frederick Young.