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Poisons and Murder Set Authors: John Emsley, Anthony E Hargreaves

About this book

How can a plant as beautiful as the foxglove be so deadly and yet for more than a century be used to treat heart disease? The same is true of other naturally occurring molecules as will be revealed in these three books which examine poisons, both natural and man-made, and the crimes committed with them, not from the point of view of the murderers, their victims, or the detectives, but from the poison used.

Molecules of Murder: Criminal Molecules and Classic Cases


More Molecules of Murder


Poisons and Poisonings: Death by Stealth

throw new light on how these crimes were carried out, how the perpetrators were uncovered and brought to justice and information about how forensic analysis is conducted. Appealing to scientists and non-scientists alike, these enthralling books will entertain and educate and bring the reader up to date with how important chemical analysis is in crime detection.

Book content

  • Molecules of Murder: Part I: From medicine to murder
  • Chapter 1: Ricin and the assassination of Georgi Markov
  • Chapter 2: Hyoscine and the murder of Belle Elmore
  • Chapter 3: Atropine and Mrs Agutter's gin and tonic
  • Chapter 4: Diamorphine and the Dr Jekyll of Hyde
  • Chapter 5: Adrenaline and the near-perfect murders of Kirsten Gilbert
  • Part II: So simple, so useful, so deadly
  • Chapter 6: Chloroform and the murder of Edwin Bartlett
  • Chapter 7: Life and Death and CO
  • Carbon monoxide and the homemade gas chamber
  • Chapter 8: Cyanide and the death on the Nile
  • Chapter 9: Paraquat and the poisoned gravy
  • Chapter 10: Polonium and the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko
  • More Molecules of Murder: Ethylene Glycol for Antifreeze and Loved Ones
  • Oxalic Acid and Murders in Manila and Liverpool
  • Acrylamide in Fried Foods and in Auckland
  • Difenacoum, Amitriptyline and York
  • Temazepam and the Man with a Murderous Plan
  • Potassium Chloride: Essential to Life Yet Deadly
  • Tetramethylenedisulfotetramine, a Mouthful Best Avoided
  • Gelsemine and Cat Meat Stew
  • Strychnine and Cream
  • Digitalis and a Mysterious Death in Verona in 1329
  • Curare and the Psychopathic Surgeon from Argentina
  • Aconitine and Wimbledon
  • Cantharidin and Spanish Fly
  • Hemlock at the End of it All
  • Poisons and Poisonings: Death by Stealth: Primitive Potions and Poisons
  • Chemical Chaos
  • Animal, Vegetable, Mineral
  • Man-made Menace
  • From Poison to Prison
  • Chemistry Clues and Crime
  • Testing the Toxin
  • Conclusion
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography
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23 Jun 2017
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