It's True! You eat poison every day (18)

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Allen & Unwin, Jan 1, 2006 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 96 pages
Psst! It's true! This is the best book on POISONS you'll ever read!

There's poison in pips, harm in herbs and definitely death in dyes. Poison is everywhere!

Read about toxic wallpaper that killed even bedbugs. Find out why buns were bad for bun-buyers and how a poison might cure cancer. Bone up on murder mysteries, including the one about glow-in-the-dark soup. But don't tell anyone how much you know, or they might lock you up.


contains toxic tales and putrid potions


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Page 6 - Then he did the same to his legs; and moving gradually upwards in this way let us see that he was getting cold and numb. Presently he felt him again and said that when it reached the heart, Socrates would be gone. The coldness was spreading about as far as his waist when Socrates uncovered his face - for he had covered it up - and said (they were his last words): 'Crito, we ought to offer a cock to Asclepius. See to it, and don't forget.
Page 6 - The man who had administered the poison laid his hands on him and after a while examined his feet and legs, then pinched his foot hard and asked if he felt it. He said 'No'; then after that, his thighs; and passing upwards in this way he showed us that he was growing cold and rigid. And again he touched him and said that when it reached his heart, he would be gone.
Page 56 - a poison in a small dose is a medicine, and a medicine in a large dose is a poison'.

About the author (2006)

Peter Macinnis has been involved in bringing science to the general public for many years. Formerly a science teacher, he has written a number of school textbooks and science readers, and writes for a number of magazines for adults and children. He left teaching and worked first at Sydney's Powerhouse Museum and later at the Australian Museum, before returning to teaching once more, combined with part-time writing. Over the years, he has recorded many talks for radio programs developed by the ABC Science Unit. He is now a full-time writer for adults and children. Peter has dozens of ideas for more It's True! books, including one about camels and one on disgusting food.

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