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

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Publisher Comments:

In the tradition of Salt and Stiff, a wide-ranging and provocative look--teeming with little-known facts and engaging stories--at a subject of the direst interest.

Review:

"Macinnis ranges widely and rather lightheartedly in investigating the uses and misuses of poisons (which have received media interest of late because of the poisoning of Ukrainian prime minister Yushchenko). The author, an Australian science writer (Bittersweet: the Story of Sugar), delivers his carefully researched material in a series of anecdotes crafted with dry humor and informed ruminations. Macinnis describes with zest the effects of all sorts of legal and illegal poisons on humans and animals. He highlights criminal cases through history, including that of Locusta, who sold fine poisons to the Roman nobility and was believed to have supplied the emperor Nero with arsenic to kill Britannicus. As recently as two centuries ago, physicians still inadvertently hastened the deaths of patients through ignorance. George Washington, for instance, may have been the victim of his doctor's prescription for bleeding and some doses of calomel. And Macinnis provides myriad examples of how poisons have permeated the workplace and the world of politics. Mussolini's henchmen forced opponents to consume lethal doses of castor oil mixed with petrol. This engrossing history is not one for the squeamish. B&w illus. Ad/promo and Web marketing. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Product Details

ISBN:
9781559707619
Subtitle:
From Hemlock to Botox to the Killer Bean of Calabar
Author:
Macinnis, Peter
Publisher:
Arcade Publishing
Subject:
History
Subject:
Toxicology
Subject:
Poisons
Subject:
World - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
North American
Publication Date:
May 2005
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.36x5.82x1.03 in. .92 lbs.

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Product details 256 pages Arcade Publishing - English 9781559707619 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Macinnis ranges widely and rather lightheartedly in investigating the uses and misuses of poisons (which have received media interest of late because of the poisoning of Ukrainian prime minister Yushchenko). The author, an Australian science writer (Bittersweet: the Story of Sugar), delivers his carefully researched material in a series of anecdotes crafted with dry humor and informed ruminations. Macinnis describes with zest the effects of all sorts of legal and illegal poisons on humans and animals. He highlights criminal cases through history, including that of Locusta, who sold fine poisons to the Roman nobility and was believed to have supplied the emperor Nero with arsenic to kill Britannicus. As recently as two centuries ago, physicians still inadvertently hastened the deaths of patients through ignorance. George Washington, for instance, may have been the victim of his doctor's prescription for bleeding and some doses of calomel. And Macinnis provides myriad examples of how poisons have permeated the workplace and the world of politics. Mussolini's henchmen forced opponents to consume lethal doses of castor oil mixed with petrol. This engrossing history is not one for the squeamish. B&w illus. Ad/promo and Web marketing. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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