The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York

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Penguin Press, 2011 - 319 страница
***PBS's AMERICAN EXPERIENCE released a film based on The Poisoner's Handbook in January 2014***

Equal parts true crime, twentieth-century history, and science thriller, The Poisoner's Handbook is "a vicious, page-turning story that reads more like Raymond Chandler than Madame Curie"
(The New York Observer)

A fascinating Jazz Age tale of chemistry and detection, poison and murder, The Poisoner's Handbook is a page-turning account of a forgotten era. In early twentieth-century New York, poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime. Science had no place in the Tammany Hall-controlled coroner's office, and corruption ran rampant. However, with the appointment of chief medical examiner Charles Norris in 1918, the poison game changed forever. Together with toxicologist Alexander Gettler, the duo set the justice system on fire with their trailblazing scientific detective work, triumphing over seemingly unbeatable odds to become the pioneers of forensic chemistry and the gatekeepers of justice.

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Коментар посетиоца странице  - JessicaReadsThings - LibraryThing

I picked this up after reading the Flavia de Luce novels, since both have a lot to do with chemistry. I was also pleased to see that Mary Roach blurbed it, since I love her. The book was interesting ... Прочитајте целу рецензију

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Коментар посетиоца странице  - marshapetry - LibraryThing

I'm just glad we're reading about this "in the past"... these people got away with murder! Easy read, highly interesting, well-written review of how people in fact DID get away with murdering people ... Прочитајте целу рецензију

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Deborah Blum is director of the Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT, and editor of Undark magazine, (undark.org). In 1992, she won the Pulitzer Prize for a series on primate research, which she turned into a book, The Monkey Wars. Her other books include The Poisoner's Handbook, Ghost Hunters, Love at Goon Park, and Sex on the Brain. She has written for publications including The New York Times, Wired, Time, Discover, Mother Jones, The Guardian and The Boston Globe. Blum is a past president of the National Association of Science Writers, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a lifetime associate of the National Academy of Sciences.

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