Saturday, January 11, 2014
The Poisoner's Handbook
Several months ago I read this most fascinating history of early 20th century forensic science in NYC (OK, I'm a biochemist, but it was still a good read). http://www.amazon.com/The-Poisoners-Handbook-Forensic-Medicine/dp/014311882X I got it from my library. Deborah Blum is factually correct but picks the best stories to tell about what you could find in the garden shed or the medicine cabinet. Medical Examiner used to be a political position - this is the story of a medically trained individual who used science to research his cases. Thus last Sunday I was delighted to find it on TV http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/poisoners/. Seriously, this is a fun way to spend an hour.