Fungal Poisons

Mushroom poisoning is caused chiefly by the consumption of raw or cooked mushrooms and toadstools. The term toadstool comes from the German word Todesstuhl, which translates death's stool. Toadstool is a name commonly given to poisonous mushrooms, but for individuals who do not possess the proper identi fication skills, there are generally no easily recognizable differences between poisonous and nonpoisonous species. In fact, there is no general rule of thumb for distinguishing edible mushrooms...