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Poem introduction

After I read this a while ago a man came and took me aside after the reading and told me he thought it was clever how I'd linked the title of my book, The Boy From the Chemist is Here to See You, with the substance, treacle, and I nodded and smiled politely but had no idea what he was talking about. But over time I found out that the word "treacle" comes from triacle, which is what apothecaries would use in the middle ages to counteract poisons, and this in turn was based on the Greek antidote for the bite of wild beasts. So treacle in fact has a long association with medicine and chemists, in fact, yet I never knew or drew on this while I was writing the poem, although I'm happy enough to take the blame.

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