Hi Everybody, Sorry if this is not placed in the right thread in the first place. I took a look at each one's description and I thought this might be the most appropriate place to place my question. Uh, so I finished a short story last week and I've been showing around to some of my ex-language arts teachers, friends who have a degree in Literature, etc. I've got good reviews from everybody that I've showed it to, and so I want to try getting it published. The story is already free of unnecessary sentences, grammar mistakes, etc. What I need help with in order to make my story more realistic would be some medical expertise from someone who understands about this. So, in my story (which takes place in Boston of 1933) I got this crazy wife who's so jealous of her husband that she slowly kills their 9 year old son by poisoning the boy's food. She causes the child to slowly suffer from vomit fits. And in my story, the family doctor (I believe that in 1933, it was still common to have a family doctor right?) mistakes the child's symptoms for common things like eating a spoiled fruit, etc. So in the story, the family doctor medicates the boy and the symptons go away. But they return soon enough becuase she keeps adding this substance which causes the vomiting fits, until the boy looses weight, gets feverish, pale and dies. In the story, she also kills one of the housemaids by poising her drink because she spied on her while she was placing the substance which caused the boy to become sick. And in my story, because in 1933 autopsy was still something not done to everybody (I did a research on that), I made it so that the coroners mistook her death for a massive heart attack. However, as the husband suspects his wife's ways, he orders that a detective investigate her and that another autopsy be performed on the boy and the maid. So, another autopsy is performed and they found in both of the victims blood traces of poisonous substances. So, here's what I'd like to know: 1) What would be a substance (it can be an herb, chemical, or a medication from that time) that would slowly cause vomiting fits over a period of time? You know, something that would not kill immediately, but cause those vomiting fits to happen? I did not make that clear in my story, and would in order to add more realism to it. 2)What would be a poison that could cause a massive heart attack in the maid? In my story, the wife carries a ring with a secret compartment where she hides the poison (which in my story I describe it as a white powder/dust, I don't give a name to it). 3)Would you say that a careless autopsy could de done back in 1933 in order that the coroner mistake the poisoning for a heart attack? And what are the chances that bodies be dug up in 1933 for blood testing? So, these are my questions. I'd greatly appreciate some feedback before I send this story over to a literary magazine. And one more thing, would you say that even if what I described here is unlikely to have happened in 1933, would it be bad-fiction to make it so? Thanks in advance.