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Poison and Poisoning: A Compendium of Cases, Catastrophes and Crimes

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In this fascinating guide to poisons, Celia Kellett provides information and entertainment in equal measure as she explains clearly what all the different poisons are and how they work, giving us all the gory detail of how, by accident or design, they have led to the demise of so many people. From cyanide to the Black Widow spider, and from the Green Mamba snake to botulis ...more
Paperback, 442 pages
Published November 16th 2009 by Accent Press (UK) (first published 2009)
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Robyn
Feb 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
This is a fascinating topic from both a scientific and a criminal perspective. The history of poisoning is really interesting, given that it has often been the chosen method of women, so there's also an added feminist aspect to be considered.

None of this was realised for me in this book. Dry, not very logically organised, with very amateurish case studies dotted through. Normally, I would love that - this is the most interesting aspect for me, but they seemed to be dropped in with little though
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Sean Randall
Nov 16, 2009 rated it liked it
I didn't enjoy this as much as I'd hoped, probably because I read it more for the gastly stories than the scientific data. nevertheless a worthy addition to my shelf and a fascinating (if gory) look at some of the most evil ways of dispatching people I've ever read about.
Oakhands
Nov 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: borrowed
History and discussion into poisons everyday and otherwise, their anitdotes and case studies. Excellent read, plently of detail and quite comprehensive.
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Sep 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very informative. The author did a great job documenting the dangers of lead and mercury in products that are still being imported into the country today. Well worth a read.
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Very interesting book, but you had to be careful where you read this book, it can cause you to get some very strange looks at times.
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