Waste of Life
Mithridate's VI( the king of Pontus in asia minor.)sought to harden himself against poisoning by taking increasing sub-lethal doses of the poisons he knew of until he was able to tolerate lethal doses. A. E. Housman alludes to this practice, also known as mithridatism, in the poem in A Shropshire Lad. The legend also appears in the novel The Count of Monte Cristo. On account of this regimen, a universal antidote is sometimes called a mithridate.