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Pick Your Poison
MAY 2005
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Video: Deadly Delicacy
Audio: Botox & Piano
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His joy is profound. His music is spirit-filled. Forty years after a condition called focal dystonia caused concert pianist Leon Fleisher to lose the use of his right hand, it has been restored by botulinum toxin, one of the most poisonous substances known. Receiving injections of Botox—the diluted form of the bacteria—every six months, Fleisher is back at the keyboard. To hear selections from his CD, Two Hands, click on one of the links above.

Watch Texan Jackie Bibby relax in a tub full of rattlers.

See how Japanese fugu chefs separate the poisonous from the palatable.