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The elements of murder : [a history of poison]

Author: John Emsley
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005.
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How can a chemical we need on a daily basis to keep us healthy be fatal at a different dose? Why should elements that are intrinsically dangerous be used in medicine? How did poisoners use the chemical properties of chemicals to cover their tracks? Which chemicals in our environment pose the biggest threats to our health today? This enthralling story shows how humans have used chemicals to both help and harm one  Read more...
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Emsley, John.
Elements of murder.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005
(DLC) 2005299328
(OCoLC)84834387
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John Emsley
ISBN: 9780191517358 0191517356 0192806009 9780192806000 1280762896 9781280762895
OCLC Number: 177150620
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 421 pages)
Contents: Contents; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. The poisonous elements of alchemy; MERCURY; ARSENIC; ANTIMONY; LEAD; THALLIUM; Appendix; Glossary; Bibliography; Index.
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? This is an account of murderous chemical elements. Through stories of innocent blunders, poisoners of  Read more...

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