My fourth book for 2011. Zipping right along! Deborah Blum's The Poisoner's Handbook explores the origins of the New York City medical examiner's office and the development of forensic medicine. Using pivotal cases, spearheaded by chief medical examiner Charles Norris and toxicologist Alexander Gettler, Blum reveals how their relentless quest for the truth led to the development of standardized forensic medical investigation in the United States. Chapters focus on a specific poison (or families of poisons) and real life murders the NYC M.E.'s office helped investigate. A fascinating look at true crime, set in prohibition-era New York City, Blum's book is an exciting step backwards in time to the speakeasys and members only clubs of the 1920s. A great gift for CSI fans! Definately recommended.
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