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The Poisoner’s Handbook

The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum tells the story of the birth of forensic toxicology. It’s the story of  Dr. Charles Norris, Manhattan’s first trained chief medical examiner, and Alexander Gettler, its first toxicologist and New Jersey medical examiner Harrison Martland who together devised methods to identify the deadly poisons involved in murder cases in early 20th century New York.

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