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The elements of murder : [a history of poison]

Author: John Emsley
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What killed Charles II? Who thought he had discovered the perfect poison? Why did hatters go mad? And what made Victorian floral wallpaper dangerous? John Emsley combines history, chemistry, and true crime in this compelling account of murderous chemical elements. Through vividly told stories of innocent blunders, poisoners of various hues - cold, cunning, desperate - and deaths that remain a mystery, this book  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John Emsley
ISBN: 9780191004902 0191004901 9780192806000 0192806009
OCLC Number: 1044204463
Notes: Originally published: 2005.
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 418 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.
Other Titles: History of poison
Responsibility: John Emsley.

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What killed Charles II? Who thought he had discovered the perfect poison? Why did hatters go mad? And what made Victorian floral wallpaper dangerous? John Emsley combines history, chemistry, and true crime in this compelling account of murderous chemical elements. Through vividly told stories of innocent blunders, poisoners of various hues - cold, cunning, desperate - and deaths that remain a mystery, this book uncovers the dark side of the Periodic Table.

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