The poisoner’s handbook : murder and the birth of forensic medicine in jazz age New York

From  Andrea Kalinowski
Author:  Deborah Blum
The poisoner’s handbook : murder and the birth of forensic medicine in jazz age New York
This was an informative read, especially for those of us into forensics and the history thereof. The dedication exhibited by the early pioneers in New York’s Medical Examiner’s Office was an example of what can be accomplished, even with little monetary funding. If there was no test for a particular lethal substance, the scientists kept chipping away at the problem, experimenting constantly until they arrived at the correct formula for determining toxicity. The leader of the Medical Examiner’s Office instituted reforms which streamlined recovery and handling of the deceased. This was a very informative and enlightening read.