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

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A page-turning account of a forgotten era, THE POISONER'S HANDBOOK realizes a fascinating Jazz Age tale of chemistry and detection, poison and murder. In early 20th-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 work to become the pioneers of forensic chemistry. Notes, Index. 319p.

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