Crime and Science Radio: The Infancy of Toxicology: Interview with Deborah Blum, Author of The Poisoner’s Handbook

02 Nov

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DP Lyle and Deborah Blum, author of the critically acclaimed book THE POISONER’S HANDBOOK, discuss poisons, old and new, and the origins of forensic toxicology. Meet Charles Norris, New York City’s first ME, and Alexander Gettler, The Father of Forensic Toxicology, and walk with them through Jazz Age New York and the birth of forensic toxicology. Learn about poisons such as carbon monoxide, chloroform, arsenic, thallium, and many others.



Deborah Blum:



Carbon Monoxide (CO):


5 Classic Poisons and the People Who Used Them:

Famous Poisonings, Real and Fictional:

Deadliest Poisons in History:

Forensic Toxicology:

Crime Library: Forensic Toxicology:

Poison and Progress: WSJ:

Thallium Poisoning:

Facts About Thallium Poisoning:

Mathieu Joseph Bonaventure Orfila, The Original Father of Toxicology:

Dancing With Black Widow Spiders:



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