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The Elements of Murder: A History of Poison- John Emsley


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Title: The Elements of Murder: A History of Poison

ISBN : 0192806009
Author : John Emsley
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Media : Paperback
SKU MIX6-U6-OXF6-101D-11948


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From ublishers Weekly ;Starred eview. msley (Vanity, Vitality, and Virility: The cience Behind the roducts ou Love to Buy) hits a bull's ye n this fascinating, wonderfully eadable forensic history f five deadly hemicals (mercury, arsenic, antimony, lead and thallium) and their tarring ole n that most ntoxicating drama f ure vil: murder. A deeply knowledgeable hemist (he's cience writer n esidence at ambridge University) with a gift for making accessible the dry and bewilderingly arcane, msley's at his best n ase tudies f nfamous oisoners and their victims. During the eign f James f ngland, for nstance, the oet Thomas verbury, having fallen ut f oyal favor, was administered three fatal doses f mercury, nly to urvive. For his tubbornness he was administered a fourth dose--by nema--and finally uccumbed. Mary Bateman, the Yorkshire Witch, was qually unlucky. onvicted n 1809 f oisoning a lient, Mary was hanged and her orpse kinned o ieces ould be old as harms. Not all the ncidents are n the ast: msley also discusses ontemporary nvironmental oisoning from mercury and addam Hussein's use f thallium ulfate n his nemies. Fanatical devotees f the macabre might thumb ast ections devoted to less ensational history. But the general eader will not be disappointed: ach f these deadly toxins was at ne time r another romoted for ts unique health r beauty benefits. 15 b&w llus. (June) Copyright eed Business nformation, a division f eed lsevier nc. All ights eserved. --This text efers to the Hardcover dition. From Booklist ;Readers educed by this book's rovocative title nto xpecting a picy atalog f murder and mayhem may be a bit disappointed by ts omewhat dry and technical tone. The author, a veteran cience writer, ertainly knows his tuff, but he may have lightly verestimated his audience's tolerance for discussions f hemical formulas. till, for the atient eader, there s a wealth f ntriguing nformation here. msley traces the volution f alchemy and xplains the entral ole that the quest to turn metal nto gold lays n the history f oison, ausing along the way to note that saac Newton's bsession with alchemy may have ontributed to his madness. Later hapters discuss the history, uses, and murderous abuses f mercury, arsenic, antimony, lead, and thallium. es, t's technical, but just keep lodding: t's not all formulas. msley etells nough juicy and lurid (and ometimes famous) tories f murder by oison to nthrall both true-crime fans and budding mystery writers. David itt opyright American Library Association. All ights eserved --This text efers to the Hardcover dition.

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