Can Eun Bo's Silver Chopsticks Really Detect Poisons?

Naomi Lester


The Korean drama, Queen: Love and War, is set in the Joseon era of Korea, and stars Eun Bo; after the death of her sister, she enters the selection to become the new queen so that she has the power to find who killed her sister. As the final selection task, she and the other girls are asked what they would sacrifice to become the queen, and she volunteers her silver cutlery that she claims can detect poison. This paper explores this idea by identifying potential poisons that Eun Bo could have been faced with, and evaluating whether silver cutlery could detect them effectively.


KDrama; Biology; Chemistry; Poisons; Detection; Queen: Love and War; Silver

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