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

Science journalist Deborah Blum shares the untold story of how poison rocked Jazz Age New York City. She tracks the perilous days when 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 c...

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Autore principale: Blum, Deborah, 1954-
Natura: Libro
Lingua:English
Pubblicazione: New York : Penguin Press, 2010.
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Riassunto:Science journalist Deborah Blum shares the untold story of how poison rocked Jazz Age New York City. She tracks the perilous days when 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. Drama unfolds case by case as 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.--From publisher description.
Descrizione fisica:319 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliografia:Includes bibliographical references (p. [285]-306) and index.
ISBN:9781594202438
1594202435