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The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York - Deborah Blum
The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York
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Equal parts true crime, twentieth-century history, and science thriller, The Poisoner's Handbook is "a vicious, page-turning story that reads more like Raymond Chandler than Madame Curie" (The New York Observer)A fascinating Jazz Age tale of chemistry and detection, poison and murder, The... show more
Equal parts true crime, twentieth-century history, and science thriller, The Poisoner's Handbook is "a vicious, page-turning story that reads more like Raymond Chandler than Madame Curie" (The New York Observer)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.
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Format: ebook
ISBN: 9781101524893 (1101524898)
ASIN: 9781101524893
Publisher: Penguin
Edition language: English
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Murder by Death
Murder by Death rated it
4.5 The Poisoner's Handbook
This is a fascinating look at the birth of forensic science in the United States from 1917 through the 1930's; specifically, at the revolutionary changes brought about by two men: the Chief Medical Examiner of New York City, Charles Norris, and toxicologist Alexander Gettler. It's well-written, eng...
Mystereity
Mystereity rated it
5.0 The Poisoner's Handbook
This first came to my attention as a show on PBS and I was fascinated by it, not only for the subject of poisonings, but also how forensics and medical examiners offices came about. The book has all the same information but was able to go a little more in depth. A little dry in parts (and I confess...
That's What She Read
That's What She Read rated it
0.0 The Poisoner's Handbook
Rabbit Reads
Rabbit Reads rated it
5.0 The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York
This book was awesome. Highly recommended with those interested in the history of forensics.
Stop Making Sense
Stop Making Sense rated it
5.0 The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York
The Beginning of Evidence-Based Medicine?Historical fiction set during the start of forensic chemistry in the U.S., full of tycoons, Typhoid Mary, Tammany Hall, high society, and everything else I love about old New York. Great overview of how one man brought science to the coroner's office, and how...
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