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The Arsenic Century


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1: 'Such an Instrument of Death and Agony' 2: 'A New Race of Poisoners' 3: A New Breed of Detectives 4: 'The Chief Terror of Poisoners' 5: A Penn'orth of Poison 6: 'Sugared Death' 7: 'The Hue of Death, the Tint of the Grave' 8: Walls of Death 9: Physician-assisted Poisoning 10: 'A Very Wholesome Poison' 11: Poison in the Factory and on the Farm 12: 'Dangers that Lie Wait in the Pint-Pot' Notes Index

About the Author

James C. Whorton is Professor Emeritus of the History of Medicine at the University of Washington, Seattle, and has written numerous articles and books on the history of medicine and health, including Nature Cures. The History of Alternative Medicine in America, also published by Oxford University Press.


`Review from previous edition As well as opening up vistas of Victorian science, 'The Arsenic Century' is a good read.' W F Bynum, Nature `Lively account...This is a model for intellectually sound popular history...'Arsenic Century' has much to recommend it.' Ian Burney, BBC History Magazine `I'd recommend this fascinating book.' Rebecca Armstrong, The Arsenic Century `James C. Whorton has written a lovely book, a near-perfect blend of rigorous scholarship and jaunty story-telling.' Kathryn Hughes, The Guardian `Brilliantly informative and entertaining book.' Kathryn Hughes, The Guardian `A lovely book, a near-perfect blend of rigorous scholarship and jaunty storytelling.' Kathryn Hughes, The Guardian `The story his book tells is both gripping and terrible.' Sunday Times, John Carey

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