The Poisoner's Handbook : : Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York
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Call Number: 614.13 Bl, Adult Book / Nonfiction / True Crime / Blum, Deborah
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The untold story of how poison rocked Jazz Age New York City. A pair of forensic scientists began their trailblazing chemical detective work, fighting to end an era when untraceable poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime. Chief medical examiner Charles Norris and toxicologist Alexander Gettler investigate a family mysteriously stricken bald, factory workers with crumbling bones, a diner serving poisoned pies, and many others. Each case presents a deadly new puzzle and Norris and Gettler create revolutionary experiments to tease out even the wiliest compounds from human tissue. From the vantage of their laboratory it also becomes clear that murderers aren't the only toxic threat--modern life has created a kind of poison playground, and danger lurks around every corner.
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Science writing at its best submitted by selkielass on June 15, 2014, 7:48pm "The Poisoner's Handbook" is one of the most enjoyable non-fiction books I've read this year. Deborah Blum's impeccable research and engaging writing style make for a fascinating, thrilling look at the early days of forensic science in the States.
love this book submitted by Midnight on June 25, 2014, 1:41pm I love science and mystery so this was up my alley. There's a few mistakes though. Radon is not formed by radium and water. Radon is formed when radium decays.
New York : Penguin Press, 2010.
Year Published: 2010
Description: 319 p. ; 24 cm.
Forensic toxicology -- New York (State) -- History.
Forensic sciences -- New York (State) -- History.
Poisoning -- New York (State) -- History.