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

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Arcade Publishing, 2005 - History - 239 pages
"In this book, science writer Peter Macinnis considers poisons in all their aspects. He recounts stories of the celebrated poisoners and poisonings in history and literature, from Nero to Thomas Wainewright, from the death of Socrates to Hamlet and Peter Pan. He discusses the sources of various poisons - from cyanide to strychnine, from Botox to ricin and sarin gas - as well as their detection, the science of their action in the body, and their uses in medicine, cosmetics, politics, war, and terrorism. With wit and precision, he weighs such questions as: 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."--BOOK JACKET.
 

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

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An entertaining potpourri about poison: anecdotes, history, lore, science and trivia.MacInnes (Bittersweet: The Story of Sugar, 2003), an Australian science writer, has fun with his deadly subject ... Read full review

Contents

Poisons Children
1
Poison and Food
41
The Science of Poison
64
Poison in the Medicine Chest
81
Cosmetic and Domestic Poisons
103
Poisoned Workplaces?
120
Poisonous Politics
151
Envenomed Fangs and Stings
182
The Tiny Poisoners
199
Epilogue
223
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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.

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