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The arsenic century : how Victorian Britain was poisoned at home, work, and play

Author: James C Whorton
Publisher: Oxford [UK] : Oxford University Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : [Pbk. edition]View all editions and formats
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The story of arsenic in Victorian Britain, looking both at its widespread presence in everything from candles to curtains, and also its more sinister use for murder and suicide.

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James C Whorton
ISBN: 9780199605996 0199605998
OCLC Number: 974666677
Description: xxi, 412 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Contents: 'Such an instrument of death and agony' --
'A new race of poisoners' --
A new breed of detectives --
'The chief terror of poisoners' --
A penn'orth of poison --
'Sugared death' --
'The hue of death, the tint of the grave' --
Walls of death --
Physician-assisted poisoning --
'A very wholesome poison' --
Poison in the factory and on the farm --
'Dangers that lie wait in the pint-pot'.
Responsibility: James C. Whorton.

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a highly entertaining text * Ambix, Vol. 58 * the most unlikely topics can generate books of the utmost interest * The Independent *

 
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