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ERIC Number: EJ848602
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0047-231X
Cats Have Nine Lives, but Only One Liver: The Effects of Acetaminophen
Dewprashad, Brahmadeo
Journal of College Science Teaching, v38 n6 p48-52 Jul 2009
This case recounts the story of a student who gave her cat half of a Tylenol tablet not knowing its potential harmful effects. The cat survives, but the incident motivates the student to learn more about the reaction mechanism underlying the liver toxicity of acetaminophen. The case outlines three possible reaction schemes that would explain the liver toxicity of acetaminophen-containing products. Students are required to write a detailed mechanism for each of the proposed schemes. This provides students with practice in writing both ionic and radical mechanisms, the two fundamental types of mechanisms covered in undergraduate organic chemistry. (Contains 5 figures, 3 resources and 4 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A