Books Deborah Blum Books by Deborah Blum Deborah Blum has written books about: Digital Culture Nonfiction History & Society Science & Health Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about Deborah Blum 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.