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Poison Book - do you trust that cup of tea?,
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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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