The Poisoner's Handbook

Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York

By Deborah Blum
(Thorndike Press, Hardcover, Large Print, 9781410425126, 545pp.)

Publication Date: April 2010

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback, Compact Disc, Compact Disc, MP3 CD, Hardcover

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Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer Blum follows New York City's first forensic scientists to discover a fascinating Jazz Age story of chemistry and detection, poison and murder.



NPR
Friday, Apr 2, 2010

In her book The Poisoner�s Handbookwriter Deborah Blum catalogs the myriad poisons that took the lives of Jazz Age New Yorkers. Part history, part chemistry, part crime novel, the book also chronicles the evolution of forensic medicine in the early 20th century. More at NPR.org

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NPR
Saturday, Mar 6, 2010

At the start of the 20th century, poisoning was one of the easiest crimes to get away with. Until, that is, Dr. Charles Norris developed an early form of forensic medicine. Author Deborah Blum's new book, The Poisoner's Handbook, follows New York's first trained chief medical examiner as he solves a series of sensational cases. More at NPR.org

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