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The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York

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Sharon O

Great forensics book.

by Sharon O on May 4, 2011

I think the author's description of how forensic science works is so much more interesting than CSI, Patricia Cornwell, etc. It all rings true which cannot be said for scripts and literature written by non-forensic professionals. I disagree with Rick about the author's style. It is plain which as he said matches the material. But every once in a while she sticks in a shot at somebody, which I found funny.

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Linda B

Highly Recommended

by Linda B on Dec 2, 2010

I really enjoyed this book. If you enjoy history and science, you will like this book. And it is written in such a way that even a novice, like myself, can understand it. You don't have to be a scientist to comprehend the scientific descriptions. Very intriguing accounts that shed new light on the whole era (1920s) for me, but particularly on the birth of forensic medicine.

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