Poisoner's Handbook Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York

ISBN-10: 014311882X

ISBN-13: 9780143118824

Edition: 2011

Authors: Deborah Blum

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A beguiling concoction-equal parts true crime, twentieth-century history, and science thriller. A fascinating Jazz Age tale of chemistry and detection, poison and murder, The Poisoner's Handbookis a page-turning account of a forgotten era. In early twentieth-century New York, poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime. Science had no place in the Tammany Hall-controlled coroner's office, and corruption ran rampant. However, with the appointment of chief medical examiner Charles Norris in 1918, the poison game changed forever. Together with toxicologist Alexander Gettler, the duo set the justice system on fire with their trailblazing scientific detective work, triumphing over seemingly unbeatable odds to become the pioneers of forensic chemistry.
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/25/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Prologue: The Poison Game
Chloroform (CHCl<sub>3</sub>)
Wood Alcohol (CH<sub>3</sub>OH)
Cyanides (HCN, KCN, NaCN)
Arsenic (As)
Mercury (Hg)
Carbon Monoxide (CO), Part I
Methyl Alcohol (CH<sub>3</sub>OH)
Radium (Ra)
Ethyl Alcohol (C<sub>2</sub>H<sub>5</sub>OH)
Carbon Monoxide (CO), Part II
Thallium (TI)
Epilogue: The Surest Poison
Author's Note
A Guide to the Handbook
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