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The poisoner's handbook.

Rapley, Rob, (director,, producer,, screenwriter.). Ferrari, Michelle, (screenwriter.). Platt, Oliver, (narrator.). Blum, Deborah, 1954- (commentator.). Blum, Deborah, 1954- Poisoner's handbook. (Added Author).
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  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 120 min.)) : sound, color
  • Publisher: [United States] : PBS : 2014.

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Restrictions on Access Note:
Digital content provided by hoopla.
Creation/Production Credits Note:
Directed by Rob Rapley.
Participant or Performer Note:
Narrated by Oliver Platt ; featured expert, Deborah Blum.
Summary, etc.:
In the early 20th century, the average American medicine cabinet was a would-be poisoner's treasure chest: radioactive radium in health tonics, thallium in depilatory creams, morphine in teething medicine and potassium cyanide in cleaning supplies. While the tools of the murderer's trade multiplied as the pace of industrial innovation increased, the scientific knowledge (and political will) to detect and prevent the crimes lagged. This changed in 1918, when New York City hired its first scientifically trained medical examiner, Charles Norris. Over a decade and a half, Norris and his chief toxicologist, Alexander Gettler, turned forensic chemistry into a formidable science, sending many a murderer to the electric chair and setting the standards that the rest of the country would ultimately adopt. Based on the best-selling book by Deborah Blum.
Target Audience Note:
Rated PG-13.
System Details Note:
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Subject: Chemistry, Forensic > United States > History > 20th century.
Forensic toxicology > New York (State) > New York > History.
Medical examiners (Law) > New York (State) > New York > Biography.
Toxicologists > New York (State) > New York > Biography.
Poisoning > New York (State) > New York > History.

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