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The elements of murder

Author: John Emsley
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005.
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Was Napoleon killed by the arsenic in his wallpaper? How did Rasputin survive cyanide poisoning? Which chemicals in our environment pose the biggest threat to our health today? Chemist Emsley offers an account of five of the most toxic elements--arsenic, antimony, lead, mercury, and thallium--describing their lethal chemical properties and highlighting their use in some of the most famous murder cases in history.  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Emsley
ISBN: 9780192805997 0192805991 9780192806000 0192806009
OCLC Number: 57380570
Description: xiii, 421 pages
Contents: The poisonous elements of alchemy --
Mercury. Mercury poisons us all ; Mad cats and mad hatters : accidental mercury poisoning ; The poet and the poison --
Arsenic. Arsenic is everywhere ; Insidious arsenic ; Malevolent arsenic ; Murder revisited : the guilt of Florence Maybrick --
Antimony. Antimony the great cure-all ; Requiem for antimony ; Severin Klosowski alias George Chapman --
Lead. The empire of lead ; Lead and dead ; Lead murders --
Thallium. Driving you hairless ; Graham Young ; Other poisonous elements.
Responsibility: John Emsley.
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What killed Charles II? Who thought he had discovered the perfect poison? Why did hatters go mad? This is an account of murderous chemical elements. Through stories of innocent blunders, poisoners of  Read more...

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Review from previous edition A readable anecdotal history of killing. This book will be enjoyed by those who like good detective stories, intriguing snippets of history, popular science and murder Read more...

 
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