Books Deborah Blum Books by Deborah Blum Deborah Blum has written books about: Politics & Public Affairs Nonfiction History & Society Biography & Memoir Digital Culture Science & Health Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about Deborah Blum Harvey Washington Wiley was instrumental in bringing about regulations to boost sanitation and decrease food adulteration. Historical/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Historical/Corbis via Getty Images The Salt How A 19th Century Chemist Took On The Food Industry With A Grisly Experiment October 8, 2018 Deborah Blum's book, The Poison Squad, tells how Harvey Washington Wiley and his band of chemists crusaded to remove toxins, such as arsenic and borax, from food. How? By testing them on volunteers. How A 19th Century Chemist Took On The Food Industry With A Grisly Experiment Listen · 7:34 7:34 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/654066794/655635945" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Review Book Reviews 'The Poisoner's Handbook': CSI's Jazz Age Roots March 9, 2010 Deborah Blum's history of the birth of forensic science details the work of Charles Norris, New York City's first chief medical examiner, and Alexander Gettler, Norris' head toxicologist. The two advanced many of the technologies that allow scientists to track toxic substances in the body. Graham Letorney/NPR What We're Reading What We're Reading, Feb. 17 - 22, 2010 February 17, 2010 Nina Totenberg passes judgment on the definitive account of Clinton vs. Starr. A true-life tale of Jazz Age medical sleuthing worthy of its own CSI spin-off. And an Ahab-like obsession with whales produces a deeply satisfying natural history of these magnificent monsters.