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The Poisoner's Handbook

Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York

by Deborah Blum

Hardcover, 319 pages, Penguin Group USA, List Price: $25.95 |

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

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Book Summary

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Ghost Hunters chronicles the dramatic story of New York City's first forensic scientists to describe Jazz Age poisoning cases, including a family's inexplicable balding, Barnum and Bailey's Blue Man and the crumbling bones of factory workers.