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The Poisoner's Handbook by Deborah Blum
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Dec 02, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: katie-pick, nonfiction

The Poisoner's Handbook is simultaneously about murder, chemistry and New York City history. Deborah Blum weaves a fascinating tale Charles Norris and Alexander Gettler, who together worked to create processes to identity various toxins in human bodies. In an era where poisoning deaths were common due to greedy family members or toxic medicines and cosmetics, these two scientists advocated for and testified against murder suspects, developed techniques to identify toxins and paved the way for forensic science as a discipline. A very interesting read.

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