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5.0 out of 5 stars Poison Book - do you trust that cup of tea?
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...
Published on 4 Dec. 2012 by Mr. David Edwards

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3.0 out of 5 stars Historical investigation
Interesting for a description of how crimes were investigated in earlier centuries.
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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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Mr. David Edwards "gammacenturi" (Manchester, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York (Paperback)
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
This review is from: The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York (Paperback)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Birth of Forensics and CSI., 7 Nov. 2014
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The Poisoner’s Handbook

Not, as the title suggests, a book defining methods of eliminating your nearest and dearest, but an account of how in the early part of the 20th century, a nascent forensic team investigated intentional and non-intentional deaths by poisoning in the city of New York. This is an extremely informative and well-researched book, written in a style akin to a crime novel leaving the reader wanting more at the end of each chapter. In essence the story of two scientists, one a pathologist the other a chemist, both committed to establishing forensics as an essential tool of criminal investigation whilst hindered by an indifferent and hostile bureaucracy. The narrative covers premeditated murders using arsenic, accidental poisonings initially perceived as criminal and corporate negligence resulting in the deaths of workers from substances such as radium. An easy and interesting read deserving a high rating.
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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
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in..., 7 May 2013
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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 One to leave on your desk..., 19 April 2014
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This book is written a bit like a film script, it has several threads running at the same time and flicks between them. Having said that it does not feel fragmented and keeps the readers interest. As mentioned in other revues, it is predominantly American but shows how far America was behind the UK and most of Europe at that time in any sort of forensics.

I found it holding and difficult to put down in certain places.

If you do read it have a bookmark to put in the pages.... The title gets plenty of interest.
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4.0 out of 5 stars History of Forenics in the US, 14 May 2014
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This book has a misleading title. Yes, it does discuss noxious substances, but from a scientific point of view at a time when forensic medicine had not yet been born.From moonshine to chloroform, we learn about the compounds that many ignored and a few decided to investigate - often using their own funding to do so whilst the government buried their heads in the sand. Fascinating!
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4.0 out of 5 stars THE POISONER'S HANDBOOK, 3 Mar. 2014
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Excellent over view of poison as a murderer's tool and birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age. Useful writers' tool.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Historical investigation, 24 Jan. 2015
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Interesting for a description of how crimes were investigated in earlier centuries.
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