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Poisons: From Hemlock to Botox and the Killer Bean of Calabar

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Next time someone makes you mad, just pull out this book and start reading it. Then carefully arch your eyebrows over the cover and whisper "revenge is a dish best served cold." Or you could, you know, read it for the educational value. It's your call.
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Poisons permeate our world. They are in the environment, the workplace, the home. They are in food, our favorite whiskey, medicine, and well water. They have been used to cure diseases as well as incapacitate and kill. They smooth wrinkles, block pain, stimulate and enhance athletic ability. In this entertaining and fact-filled book, science writer Peter Macinnis considers poisons in all their aspects. He recounts stories of the celebrated poisoners in history and literature, from Nero to Thomas Wainewright, and from the death of Socrates to Hamlet and Peter Pan.

From cyanide to strychnine, from Botox to ricin and Sarin gas--have you ever wondered about their sources? Where do they come from? How do you detect something that can kill you in a matter of seconds? Macinnis methodically analyzes the science of these killing agents and their uses in medicine, cosmetics, war, and terrorism. With wit and precision, he weighs these questions and many more: Was Lincoln's volatility caused by mercury poisoning? Was Jack the Ripper an arsenic eater? Can wallpaper kill? For anyone who has ever wondered and been afraid to ask, here is a rich miscellany for your secret questions about toxins.

Synopsis:

"Uses history, science, and fun poison facts to make lively reading of all things lethal."--The Boston Globe

About the Author

Peter Macinnis, a science writer, has also been a teacher and museum educator. The author of twenty books for adults and children, including Bittersweet: The Story of Sugar and Poisons: From Hemlock to Botox and the Killer Bean of Calabar, he has appeared on radio and television in his native Australia. He now works for an online encyclopedia and lives in Sydney.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781611450149
Author:
Macinnis, Peter
Publisher:
Arcade Publishing
Subject:
Toxicology
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Medical Specialties
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20110531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
14 black-and-white photographs
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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Next time someone makes you mad, just pull out this book and start reading it. Then carefully arch your eyebrows over the cover and whisper "revenge is a dish best served cold." Or you could, you know, read it for the educational value. It's your call.

"Synopsis" by , "Uses history, science, and fun poison facts to make lively reading of all things lethal."--The Boston Globe
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