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The Poisoner's Handbook (Playaway Adult Nonfiction) [Paperback]

Deborah Blum , Coleen Marlo
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio (15 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616579242
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616579241
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 13.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Poison Book - do you trust that cup of tea? 4 Dec 2012
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Unexpectedly this is a page turner of a book. A fairly wide range of poisons are discussed and their 'use' and later methods of detection described. But the human side of the stories are absolutely fascinationg. The book can be enjoyed by anyone with an interest in this topic. And she does not shy away thankfully, from a bit of chemistry. I would not usually read a book like this and only did so on a friend's recommendation. Am I glad I did. It discusses nasty human nature - murder I suppose - the birth of forensics (in America: I must explain and they did not have the lead at the time and the new methods lead to the capture and disposal of very unpleasent criminals who previously escaped the law. They do not deserve our pity as they watched others sometimes slowly and painfully dying by their hands. Read and be fascinated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating history of forensic toxicology 2 Oct 2011
By Aurora
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This is a fascinating book. It follows the history of forensic toxicology in the US, and sets out how new poisons came to prominance and how tests were devised to detect them and legislation brought in to control them. The book is divided into chapters on the seperate poisons, detailing each poison and its (mis)use and reactions of the medical examiners.
Well written, accessable and engaging, I heartily recommended this book.
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By Mike
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I bought this book for my wife who has an interest in Forensic Medicine.
After a quick flick through, I ended up reading it, before I gave it to her.

An excellent read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating history 22 May 2014
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This book reads more like a detective novel than a history book. It is a very interesting look at the birth and development of forensic pathology. There are lots of interesting stories that give a good flavour of the times in which they are set.

Highly recomended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 14 Jun 2014
By dominic
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After seeing the documentry I purchased the book for my daughter who is a forensic toxicologist she gave it a big thumbs up and several of her colegue want to read it.a book not just for those in that field but anyone interested in the birth of forensics
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