Mysterious Death of Jane Stanford

ISBN-10: 0804747938
ISBN-13: 9780804747936
Edition: 2003
List price: $32.95
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Description: Jane Stanford, the co-founder of Stanford University, died in Honolulu in 1905, shortly after surviving strychnine poisoning in San Francisco. The inquest testimony of the physicians who attended her death in Hawaii led to a coroner’s jury verdict  More...

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Book details

List price: $32.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 7/11/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 192
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Jane Stanford, the co-founder of Stanford University, died in Honolulu in 1905, shortly after surviving strychnine poisoning in San Francisco. The inquest testimony of the physicians who attended her death in Hawaii led to a coroner’s jury verdict of murder—by strychnine poisoning. Stanford University President David Starr Jordan promptly issued a press release claiming that Mrs. Stanford had died of heart disease, a claim that he supported by challenging the skills and judgment of the Honolulu physicians and toxicologist. Jordan’s diagnosis was largely accepted and promulgated in many subsequent historical accounts. In this book, the author reviews the medical reports in detail to refute Dr. Jordan’s claim and to show that Mrs. Stanford indeed died of strychnine poisoning. His research reveals that the professionals who were denounced by Dr. Jordan enjoyed honorable and distinguished careers. He concludes that Dr. Jordan went to great lengths, over a period of nearly two decades, to cover up the real circumstances of Mrs. Stanford’s death.

Preface
Introduction: The Founding of Leland Stanford Junior University
The Death of Mrs. Stanford
The Poland Water Poisoning
The Police Investigation
The Honolulu Inquest
The Stanford Party in Honolulu
The Stanford Party Returns Home
Bolstering Dr. Jordan's Diagnosis
The Cases of Shorey and Humphris
The Other Physicians
Perpetuating the Myth
Summing Up
Dr. Shorey and the Experiment Station
The "Ross Affair"
Professor Julius Goebel
Notes
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Index

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