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Deb Blum's Great New Book, The Poisoner's Handbook

The IntersectionBy Chris MooneyMar 21, 2010 8:12 PM


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I am currently reading The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York, by one of our great science writers, Deborah Blum. She will, I hope, be a guest on Point of Inquiry at some point. Blum weaves a masterful tale of how modern forensic medicine emerged during the era of Prohibition as a doctor-toxicologist team hunt down murderers who use arsenic, mercury, and cyanide, and try to protect the public health from threats like tetraethyl lead, wood alcohol, and carbon monoxide. Move over, CSI Miami--here's CSI 1920s New York. Just amazing stuff; no wonder Blum is at around # 240 0n Amazon right now....

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