In this understanding, art is like a medicine or a toxin, transforming its audience for good or ill.
It presumes “that art is an instrument like medicine or a toxin that can be injected into us and transform us.”
And while small amounts may be harmless—even healthy—alcohol is still a toxin.
Dr. Kent Sepkowitz on where the toxin is coming from—and how to avoid it.
The “appeal” of the toxin seems to stem from its comparatively easy availability.
The determining test for a toxin is its action on a living cell.
Now I have said enough about the toxin and some little about the anti-toxin of the Mind.
Probably the length of time that the toxin has had a chance to act determines the permanent damage to the vessel wall.
When the toxin of panic is in the air there is no antidote like vigorous action.
Both cases, the saturation of toxin with antitoxin and ammonia with boric acid are equilibrium phenomena.
toxin tox·in (tŏk'sĭn)
A poisonous substance, especially a protein, that is produced by living cells or organisms and is capable of causing disease when introduced into the body tissues but is often also capable of inducing neutralizing antibodies or antitoxins.
A poisonous substance, especially one produced by a living organism. Toxins can be products or byproducts of ordinary metabolism, such as lactic acid, and they must be broken down or excreted before building up to dangerous levels. Toxins can facilitate survival, as with snake venom that kills or immobilizes prey, or cyanide produced by some plants as a defense against being eaten. Bacterial toxins can sometimes be neutralized with antitoxins. Compare antitoxin.