Journals Higher Education



Published: 30 June 2012

208 Pages | 7 Illustrations, black & white

8.5 x 5.5 inches

ISBN: 9780719087783

Bookseller Code (06)


Poison, detection and the Victorian imagination

Ian Burney

Published by Manchester University Press

Encounters MUP

  • Looks at the phenomenon of murder and poisoning in the nineteenth century
  • Focuses on the case of Dr William Palmer and how his conviction for poisoning baffled toxicologists, doctors, detectives and judges
  • Offers a wider discussion of the practice of toxicology in the Victorian era, and considers the demands imposed by legal testimony on scientific work to convict criminals
  • Combines an understanding of the social and cultural landscape of the period with an authoritative account of the medical and scientific history of poisoning