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Author Blum, Deborah, 1954-

Title The poisoner's handbook : murder and the birth of forensic medicine in Jazz Age New York / Deborah Blum.

Publication Info. New York : Penguin Press, 2010.


Location Call No. Status
 Avon Free Public Library - Adult Department  614.13 BLUM    DUE 05-02-24
 Berlin-Peck Memorial Library - Non Fiction  614.13 BLUM    Check Shelf
 Canton Public Library - Adult Department  614.13 BLUM    Check Shelf
 Cheshire Public Library - Adult Department Lower Level  614.1309 BLUM    Check Shelf
 Cromwell-Belden Public Library - Adult Department  614.13 BLU    Check Shelf
 Enfield, Main Library - Adult Department  614.13 BLU    Check Shelf
 Granby, Main Library - Teen  TEEN 614.13 BLUM    Check Shelf
 Mansfield, Main Library - Adult Nonfiction  614.1 BLUM    Check Shelf
 Middletown, Russell Library - Adult Nonfiction  614.1 BLU    Check Shelf
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  614.13 BLUM    Check Shelf

Description 319 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
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.
Summary 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.
Subject Poisoning -- New York (State) -- History.
Forensic toxicology -- New York (State) -- History.
Forensic sciences -- New York (State) -- History.
Poisoning -- history -- New York.
Forensic Toxicology -- history -- New York.
History, 20th Century -- New York.
ISBN 9780143118824 (paperback)
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