The poisoner's handbook : murder and the birth of forensic medicine in Jazz Age New York (Book, 2010) [WorldCat.org]
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The poisoner's handbook : murder and the birth of forensic medicine in Jazz Age New York

Author: Deborah Blum
Publisher: New York : The Penguin Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A fascinating Jazz Age tale of chemistry and detection, poison and murder, The Poisoner's Handbook is 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: True crime stories
History
Récits criminels
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Blum, Deborah, 1954-
Poisoner's handbook.
New York : Penguin Group USA, 2011, ©2010
(OCoLC)709925936
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Deborah Blum
ISBN: 9781594202438 1594202435 9780143118824 014311882X 9781616647469 1616647469
OCLC Number: 430052048
Description: 319 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue: The poison game --
Chloroform (CHCl₃) --
Wood alcohol (CH₃OH) --
Cyanides (HCN, KCN, NaCN) --
Arsenic (As) --
Mercury (Hg) --
Carbon monoxide (CO), part 1 --
Methyl alcohol (CH₃OH) --
Radium (Ra) --
Ethyl alcohol (C₂H₅OH) --
Carbon monoxide (CO), part 2 --
Thallium (Ti) --
Epilogue: The surest poison.
Other Titles: Murder and the birth of forensic medicine in Jazz Age New York
Responsibility: Deborah Blum.
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"A fascinating Jazz Age tale of chemistry and detection, poison and murder, The Poisoner's Handbook is 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 and the gatekeepers of justice"--Publisher's description.

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